April 30, 2010
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:26 PM
Friday, April 30, 2010: Fearful that America's Supreme Court will soon strike down Chicago's handgun ban, frustrated by the Illinois legislature's rejection of his anti-gun agenda, and repudiated by American courts and legislatures over his plan to sue federally licensed manufacturers and dealers of firearms for third-party crimes, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley (D) is showing contempt for his own country's and state's institutions, by seeking a foreign entity to enforce his anti-gun agenda against the American people. This week, Daley called for "redress against the gun industry" in the World Court, in The Hague, Netherlands. Forgetting or not caring who his constituents are, Daley blurted "This is coming from international mayors. They're saying, 'We're tired of your guns, America.'"
Daley's global gun control fantasy received the endorsement of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (D), whose enthusiasm for international law is apparently matched by his novel interpretation of the United States Constitution. "I love the Second Amendment," Nutter recently said, but "I have a First Amendment right not to be shot." Nutter's utterly ignorant statement proves that in our country, you can be elected to public office while knowing remarkably little about the Bill of Rights. ...
If only progressives applied their abortion "logic" to gun control; if you don't like guns, don't own one, but don't interfere with other people's right to own guns.
But of course, that would be demanding that progressives be ideologically consistent and rational, which is simply not possible.
Hat tip: Knowledge Is Power
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:50 PM
A woman apparently named Gabriella gives the Tucson City Council Hell for contemplating a lawsuit against the state of Arizona over SB1070.
I would love to see Gabriella and Arianna Huffington duke it out in a cage match, 'Thunderdome' style. Especially, if Gabriella had a morningstar and was wearing chainmail. But that's just me.
Maybe Arianna could have her sisters Eva and Zsa Zsa help her out to make things more equal.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:32 PM
The latest from the war zone:
A Pinal County [Arizona] Sheriff's deputy was shot in the stomach Friday after a traffic stop on Interstate 8, according sheriff's officials.
Authorities said the deputy was shot by a suspected undocumented immigrant and at least two suspects were being sought.
Local radio (KFYI) is reporting that the weapon used was an AK-47 or something similar.
Yet the Obama Administration, the mainstream media, and the rest of the liberal establishment aren't siding with American citizens who want to protect themselves from this mayhem by enforcing federal immigration law. By waging their sanctimonious propaganda war against SB 1070, the people of Arizona, American sovereignty, and the rule of law, they're siding with guys like this:
If that doesn't make them the enemy, what would?
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:47 PM
Since Kendrick Meek's Senate campaign in Florida is foundering in the mid-teens to low twenties in the polls, Democrats are desperate to recruit a stronger candidate. They think they may have found one in Jeff Greene. Jeff Greene is the ideal candidate to appeal to middle and working class voters... he's a billionaire who made his fortune by shorting the real estate market Goldman-Sachs style. Yeah, there's a guy who understands the problems of regular voters. You know, the outrageous rates for yacht insurance. The chronic headache of insolent butlers. The antiquated air traffic control system that keeps your G5 in a holding pattern for twenty minutes. The outrageous price of arugula at Whole Foods.
But mainly, the irony of the Democrats trying to recruit a candidate who got rich off the same schemes they're prosecuting Goldman-Sachs for... it's so sweet it must be fattening.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:50 PM
Q. How many virgins had to be ritually slaughtered so that Nancy Pelosi could bathe in their blood and go from this...
... to this?
I mean, it's gotta be dead virgins, right? Or maybe the blood of children. Or perhaps the New Version of Photoshop has a "Make a Dessicated 70 year old Hag Look Vaguely Human" filter?
Or maybe they just smeared a "Deep Horizon" amount of Vaseline on the camera lens.
All right! So I'm being petty! But this woman has decided to impoverish the next five generations to pay for the nationalization of health care. I gotta vent somehow!
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:05 PM
Judging by the poster in the background, it looks like moonbattery and the antisocial behavior invariably associated with it are affecting even the saintly polar bears:
Compliments of Michelle.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:04 PM
Moonbat insanity has reached the point that Yahoo Sports is actually running a poll asking if the 2011 MLB All-Star Game should be yanked out of Phoenix to punish Arizona for its tentative step toward enforcing federal immigration law. Naturally the default vote is for Yes. Cast your own vote here.
The move has a precedent. In 1993, Super Bowl XXVII was pulled from Arizona for not kowtowing to political correctness with sufficient alacrity regarding Martin Luther King Day. Not even the mildest token opposition to the liberal agenda will be tolerated.
On a tip from Oiao.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 12:02 PM
White comedian Paul Shanklin arranged a fitting tribute to the Democrats in power.
2010. 2012. 2013.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:59 AM
The Marxist community activist that our liberal rulers saw fit to put in charge of the Executive Branch has used the Gulf oil spill — presumably the result of deliberate sabotage — as a pretext to shut down all offshore drilling.
How this would have any effect on the oil spill was left unexplained, but it will certainly have an effect on oil prices, and consequently on our faltering economy. But Hugo Chavez and the Arab World send their thanks.
No doubt the next time an illegal alien kills a cop, Obama will shut down the wide-open border. Yeah right.
On a tip from Sean.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:45 AM
Even as they eat away at what little remains of our right to do business and to earn a living, our liberal rulers continue to expand the rights they grant to animals. Dr. Brett Mills of the same University of East Anglia that brought us the ClimateGate scandal has published a study that takes the next illogical step toward utter lunacy by calling for a "right to privacy" to be granted to animals filmed for wildlife documentaries.
At the heart of the documentary project is the necessity for animals to be seen. Dr Mills suggests that this necessity itself raises a series of ethical concerns, but these seem to be sidelined in the moral debates surrounding wildlife documentaries. The use of sophisticated aerial technology to film animals, for example, is justified because it does not disturb them, yet the question of whether it is appropriate to film animals in this way is not raised. Underpinning such action is an assumption that animals have no right to privacy, and that the camera crew have no need to determine whether those animals consent to being filmed.
Say you're up in a helicopter, using a telephoto lens to film a dung beetle rolling a turd around. Even though the bug has no idea you're up there, you are violating its rights, unless you've struck a deal with its agent.
Animals that haven't hired representation present a problem, which Dr. Mills deftly solves:
"We can never really know if animals are giving consent, but they often do engage in forms of behaviour which suggest they'd rather not encounter humans, and we might want to think about equating this with a desire for privacy."
About the only time the behavior of undomesticated animals doesn't suggest that they would rather not encounter humans is when oppressed polar bears hunt us down and kill us for food. So presumably, that would be okay to show on TV.
Needless to say, anyone who believes an animal's modesty is violated by people watching it on television is either bashing their head against a padded wall at the Laughing Academy, or soaking up government grants at an overfunded university.
On a tip from Steve.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:43 AM
Literally nothing is more malignant than liberalism, which is destroying our country politically, economically, morally, socially, demographically — and even physically. For example, liberals are deliberately reducing our most productive farmland to a dustbowl.
Instead of pink blossoms and green shoots along Highway 5 in April, vast spans from Bakersfield to Fresno sit bone-dry. Brown grass, dead orchards and lifeless grapevine skeletons stretch for miles for lack of water. For every fallow field, there's a sign that farmers have placed alongside the highway: "No Water = No Food," "No Water = No Jobs," "Congress Created Dust Bowl."
Locals say it's been like this for two years now, as Congress and bureaucrats cite "drought," "global warming" and "endangered species" to deny water to this $37 billion breadbasket through arbitrary "environmental" quotas.
It started with a 2008 federal court order that stopped water flowing from northern tributaries on a supposed need to protect a small fish — the delta smelt — that was getting ground up in the turbines of pump stations that divert the water south. The court knew it was bad law, but Congress refused to exempt the fish from the Endangered Species Act and the diversion didn't help the fish.
After that, the water cutoff was blamed on "drought," though northern reservoirs are currently full. Now the cry is "save the salmon," a reference to water needs of the state's northern fisheries.
Whatever the excuse, 75% of the fresh water that has historically irrigated California is now being washed to the open sea. For farmers in the southwest part of the valley, last year's cutoff amounted to 90%.
"It's pretty hard to keep crops alive at 10%," says Jim Jasper, who runs a 62-year-old almond farm in Newman that employs 170. "That's one irrigation, and trees take 10 to 12 over the growing season from March to October." Almond trees cost $8,000 per acre and take six years to start producing, so farmers reserved their 10% allocation for mature trees first.
This means that future generations of trees are sacrificed, just as future generations of Americans have been sacrificed to B. Hussein's monstrous deficits.
As for the smelt and the salmon, it goes without saying that liberals will side with fish against humans, but there's more to it than that:
The cutoff didn't kill just trees, however. It also devastated the area's economy. Unemployment in some valley towns has shot up to 45%. Mortgage defaults are on the rise, and food lines are lengthening.
All major items on the Democrat agenda — radical environmentalism, healthcare nationalization, Cap & Tax, amnesty, the VAT tax, et cetera, ad nauseam — have a common objective. They are all designed to drive up unemployment. People are less worried about resisting tyranny when they are struggling to keep their children fed — which the government ever so graciously steps in to do with other people's money.
Call it what it is: a man-made drought.
But if we do as we're told, our rulers will let us have a little bit of our own water…
Much like organized criminals in big-city fish markets who see to it that product spoils when kickbacks aren't forthcoming, Washington's pols are now using their ability to turn water on and off as a coercion tool.
Take the three congressmen who represent the valley and how they were pressured to vote for President Obama's health care bill. It didn't go without notice by farmers like Jasper that the 5% water allocations announced in February for all three congressional districts were lifted to 25% for the two whose Democratic representatives, Jim Costa of Fresno and Dennis Cardoza of Modesto, switched their votes on health reform from "no" to "aye."
Devin Nunes, a Republican from Tulare, wouldn't sell his vote, and parts of his district had to make do with the 5% allotment.
To add insult to injury, leftist politicians denounce their victims as "corporate agribusiness" and blame the drought they deliberately engineered on the nonexistent global warming crisis.
Instead of growing food for themselves and the rest of the country, San Joaquin Valley farmers have been reduced to standing in line for government handouts of food grown in communist China.
When liberals yap, the adolescent malarkey that gushes out of their mouths is so nonsensical that you're left to wonder what they really want. California farmers are starting to figure it out.
On a tip from Edward.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:51 AM
Michael Mann, the appallingly corrupt pseudoscientist who invented Al Gore's infamously mendacious hockey stick graph, unsurprisingly emerged unscathed from a Penn State investigation into the lies he peddles on behalf of the global warming hoax. After all, Mann is a pro at sucking government money (i.e., OUR MONEY) into the university to finance phony research proving that only still more greedy and repressive government can save the allegedly imperiled planet. Now Mann has taken the offensive, threatening to sue people for laughing at him:
The parody video, titled "Hide the Decline," had more than 500,000 viewers on YouTube and received national attention when Rush Limbaugh played it on his radio show. It features a cat with a guitar, a talking tree, and a dancing figure sporting the image of Professor Mann. It's the use of his image that Mann is complaining about, arguing that the video supports "efforts to sell various products and merchandise."
Unfortunately for Mann and his fellow hoaxers, the lawsuit threat is blowing up in their faces now that the bluff has been called:
"The guy is crazy to threaten legal action," said Jeff Davis, the President of No Cap and Trade, a large organization that includes the group Mann is threatening to sue, Minnesotans for Global Warming. "A lawsuit would give us full discovery — and there's a lot to look at in his work."
At first it looked like the typical liberal intimidation tactic of screaming "I'll sue" would silence the opposition…
When the letter first arrived, [Minnesotans for Global Warming] quickly pulled the video from You Tube and their website because they couldn't afford to defend against a lawsuit. But, as word spread of the legal threat to the jokesters, a number of groups, including No Cap and Trade, rallied to their defense. They even backed a newer version of the video titled "Hide the Decline II" and re-posted on You Tube and the No Cap and Trade site.
Let's watch the videos and have good laugh at Professor Mann and his unraveling lies, shall we?
On a tip from Henry.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:29 AM
Despite Gavin Newsom's absurd declaration of economic war on Arizona, countermoonbats can be found even in the Gay Bay Area, as the Golden Gate Minutemen will prove tomorrow:
If you're in the area, don't miss it; but don't feel let down if the local news forgets to mention the event. More info here.
On a tip from Oiao.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:38 AM
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:34 AM
Punish law-abiding citizens, reward law-breakers. It's the Democrat way.
Monday to Wednesday: Democrats attack Arizona legislators as Nazis for requiring foreigners to carry ID.
So, the Democrat position is, apparently, that illegal immigrants must never be asked to show ID, but it will be mandatory for American citizens.
Hat Tip: AoS HQ.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:42 AM
It makes it harder for illegal immigrants to live without scrutiny -- but it also makes it harder for some American citizens to live without suspicion and humiliation. Americans are not accustomed to the command "Your papers, please," however politely delivered. The distinctly American response to such a request would be "Go to hell," and then "See you in court."
Yeah, Mikey, why don't you try that the next time you have to board an airplane and they ask to see your driver's license. See how the nice people from TSA react.
It was often said that the Bush Administration suffered from a communication problem. If idiots like Michael Gerson were in charge of the communicating, you can understand why.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:00 AM
Whoever would have dreamed that ObamaCare would contain so many new ways in which to intrude on our lives and complicate the tax situations for businesses. Yet another example of Big Brother going after you and your money:
A few wording changes to the tax code's section 6041 regarding 1099 reporting were slipped into the 2000-page health legislation. The changes will force millions of businesses to issue hundreds of millions, perhaps billions, of additional IRS Form 1099s every year. It appears to be a costly, anti-business nightmare.
Under current tax code, businesses only have a limited set of circumstances requiring filing of 1099s, which flag the IRS on transactions that could involve a tax. But thanks to the anti-business zealots who crafted ObamaCare:
Basically, businesses will have to issue 1099s whenever they do more than $600 of business with another entity in a year. For the $14 trillion U.S. economy, that's a hell of a lot of 1099s. When a business buys a $1,000 used car, it will have to gather information on the seller and mail 1099s to the seller and the IRS. When a small shop owner pays her rent, she will have to send a 1099 to the landlord and IRS. Recipients of the vast flood of these forms will have to match them with existing accounting records. There will be huge numbers of errors and mismatches, which will probably generate many costly battles with the IRS.
All this, and for what reason?
So the spendthrift Congress can shake a few extra bucks out of private industry? The business sector is the generator of America's high living standards, but most federal legislators just see it as a kitty to be raided or a cow to be milked dry.
The ONLY possible reason to have this hidden in ObamaCare was to bilk the private sector out of every possible tax penny, to help pay for... ObamaCare.
If you thought Sarbanes-Oxley was bad (and if you're in business, then you do), you've got another thing coming with the Attack of the 1099s. Of course, this all fits because businesses are inherently evil and merely exist to enslave the proletariat -- sucking the life out of the working folk for their own greedy ends. How better to choke off the evil capitalist elite than to bind them in more and more red tape.
Hat tip: Big Government.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:40 AM
The next time some lefty spouts the meaningless slogan, "No one is really pro-abortion, we're just pro-choice," remember this:
"Do we dare admit that increasing the number of abortions might be not only good for women's health, but also moral and just?"
The writer --- Aimee Thorne-Thomsen of the Pro-Choice Public Education Project --- claims women aren't having enough abortions, and that she wants them "to have access to all the information, services and resources necessary to make the best decisions they can for themselves and their families."
But there is some information the pro-abortion side manifestly does not want women to have. They are, for example, adamantly opposed to a woman receiving an ultrasound prior to an abortion to remind her of the human life she is about to exterminate.
The author also felt that having a pregnant woman view her fetus before receiving an abortion is the same as:
A: Setting a firefighter on fire before he can rush into a burning building;
B: Requiring a soldier to get shot before he is issued a firearm;
C: Showing a man seeking a vasectomy his own vas deferens by sticking a camera in through his urethra.
PSA: Just because you think you can think of clever analogies doesn't mean you really can.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:43 AM
When you hear the progressive left wail about how the people of Arizona are such horrible Nazis, remember whose side the progressive left is on...
A 17-year-old Mexican was sentenced to 40 years in prison Thursday for murdering a U.S. Border Patrol agent who was lured from his vehicle during an attempted robbery and shot repeatedly in the head.
He is survived his wife, Rosalie, and two young children. Prosecutors wrote the judge last week that the children still run to the front door calling "Papa" when a car pulls up to the house.
This is what Arizona is trying to protect itself from. This is what the Progressive Left encourages by their support of lawlessness.
Sorry to start off your Friday on such a bummer, conservative patriots.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:18 AM
Airstrip One Lefties --- faced with the dilemma of whether to support gay rights or Muslim bigotry, increasingly side with the latter.
Gays: Old and Busted.
Muslims: New Hotness
When you divide people into victim groups and then assign rights based on group identity ... rather than treating everyone as equal under the law ... these types of conflicts are inevitable. Some groups will lose out to other groups. It's a recipe for social destruction.
Which is precisely why progressives embrace it.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:47 AM
Santa Clara county in California is fixin' to ban Happy Meals in the name of the latest Nanny State Crusade against childhood obesity. But it's not fascism, it's just liberals denying you the right to make choices they don't approve of.
Hat Tip: Little Miss Perfect.
April 29, 2010
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:39 PM
According to this article, the North Koreans are actually Nazis... just like people who support enforcement of immigration laws.
The (North Korean) leader is praised for being the perfect embodiment of Koreanness, the perfect embodiment of ethnic virtues. So the leader does not have to teach very much himself. Instead, the people learn the official ideology by learning about the leader; in other words, by reading these fantasy biographies or by reading these completely fictional stories about things the leader might have done while traveling around the country. That is the way the regime gets the message across.
That sounds... creepily familiar.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:20 PM
It would be a good punchline for an off-color joke, but it's a reality:
Without fanfare, the United Nations this week elected Iran to its Commission on the Status of Women, handing a four-year seat on the influential human rights body to a theocratic state in which stoning is enshrined in law and lashings are required for women judged "immodest."
I am not making this up.
Just days after Iran abandoned a high-profile bid for a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council, it began a covert campaign to claim a seat on the Commission on the Status of Women, which is "dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women," according to its website.
The announcement of the U.N.'s vote (by acclamation = no paper trail) was buried 2,000 words into a press release, presumably in an effort to avoid the profound reaction garnered from past decisions to elect and re-elect the likes of China and Cuba to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights.
What's most astonishing is that the U.N. is rewarding Iran even as it claims that loose women cause earthquakes, a pronouncement that was devastating to one of the U.N.'s strongest arguments for fighting global warming.
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:37 PM
In case you missed this earlier…
Musically speaking, the sanctimonious moonbat who calls himself "Sting" has all the interest and appeal of week-old Wonder bread that's been left out in the rain. But give him this: he's challenging Wedgie (I mean, "Edge") and even Moby for the title of most obnoxiously hypocritical envirokook pop czar.
Tea Parties used to be all about resisting Big Government's intrusions. But not anymore — Stink has redefined them:
[The recent Earth Day rally in DC] is like a "Green Tea Party" out there. People who care. People who care about clean water and fresh air for their children to breathe. Food that doesn't kill you. A better planet. A safer planet. And it is a tea party movement. …
And people are here to really tell big government that we want big government to make big decisions about the most important problems we face. And also to pressure our corporations to behave properly, as consumers, but we're here to — we're asking for big government, basically. …
You know, the man on the street can do a little bit, but big governments need to make decisions. We need to stop clear-cutting forests. We need to protect the forests. That's the simplest way of cutting greenhouse gases. … And prevent global warming.
So Sting wants Big Government to suppress economic activity in the interests of preventing a problem that does not exist. Let's hope for his sake that the econazis don't start with his own lousy band:
Environmental experts labelled Sting's band, The Police, the dirtiest in the world because of the amount of pollution created during [a] reunion tour of the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Sweden, Germany, the UK, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, China and Japan.
As he demands Big Government step in to prevent us from living too well, lest it affect the polar bears through imaginary mechanisms, here's what Wikipedia says about his own lifestyle:
Sting owns several homes worldwide, including Elizabethan manor house Lake House and its 60-acre country estate near Salisbury, Wiltshire; a country cottage in the Lake District; a New York City apartment; a beach house in Malibu; a 600-acre estate in Tuscany; and two properties in London: an apartment on The Mall, an 18th-century terrace house in Highgate. … He also owns homes in the Caribbean, including one in the upscale community of Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic.
But of course, one of the main objectives of left-wing politics is to lock everyone in place, so that the rest of us don't get uppity and aspire through hard work to live like our moonbat ruling class.
On a tip from Edward.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:44 AM
Gender is only a social construct, according to moonbats. But as it turns out, liberal brainwashing isn't the only way to demasculinize men. Chemistry works too:
Women be assured: it's not men's fault. They just don't have enough Oxytocin. All it takes, according to German scientists, is a healthy dose of the hormone linked to female reproduction and men can be as caring, sensitive and empathic as women.
Oxytocin, a neurotransmitter that floods a woman's system while she is giving birth and is also involved in triggering milk production for breast feeding, can also improve men's ability to empathise with other people. …
The scientists from the University of Bonn, along with colleagues from the Babraham Institute at Cambridge University in Britain, gave 24 male subjects an Oxytocin nasal spray and another 24 subjects a placebo. …
"The Oxytocin group recorded significantly higher emotional empathy values than the placebo group," said René Hurlemann from the University of Bonn's Psychiatry Clinic.
The results were impressive. Before the nose spray:
We'll see how long it takes B. Hussein's Science Czar John Holdren to recommend pouring the stuff into our water supply.
On a tip from Forest.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:48 AM
While moonbats shriek about the atrocity of expecting Mexican criminals to prove they're in the country legally, here's how illegal aliens are treated south of the border:
MEXICO CITY — Amnesty International called the abuse of migrants in Mexico a major human rights crisis Wednesday, and accused some officials of turning a blind eye or even participating in the kidnapping, rape and murder of migrants.
Too bad for the media this never happens in the USA. The New York Slimes would have its front page covered for the next year and half.
The group's report comes at a sensitive time for Mexico, which is protesting the passage of a law in Arizona that criminalizes undocumented migrants. …
Rupert Knox, Amnesty's Mexico researcher, said in the report that the failure by authorities to tackle abuses against migrants has made their trip through Mexico one of the most dangerous in the world.
The illegal immigrants are just passing through Mexico, on the way from Central America. Once they get to the US, they're home free, thanks to the de facto amnesty that Arizona has made quislings so angry by partially repealing.
Central American migrants are frequently pulled off trains, kidnapped en masse, held at gang hideouts and forced to call relatives in the U.S. to pay off the kidnappers. Such kidnappings affect thousands of migrants each year in Mexico, the report says.
Many are beaten, raped or killed in the process.
But they don't complain to the authorities, because…
At present, Article 67 of Mexico's Population Law says, "Authorities, whether federal, state or municipal … are required to demand that foreigners prove their legal presence in the country, before attending to any issues."
If only we could import Mexico's immigration laws, instead of importing its criminal class, maybe these people would stay home until they could immigrate legally.
On a tip from Matt.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:05 AM
Now we learn that even clean air causes global warming. It must be true, it was reported by coercively financed government media:
As much of the world marked Earth Day this past week, the Environmental Protection Agency reported that air pollution has declined dramatically over the past 20 years. It sounds like good news, but science writer Eli Kintisch argues that there's a surprising downside: Cleaner air might actually intensify global warming.
"If we continue to cut back on smoke pouring forth from industrial smokestacks, the increase in global warming could be profound," Kintisch writes in an opinion piece for the Los Angeles Times.
Kintisch isn't talking about greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide; he's talking about another kind of pollutant we put in the sky — "like aerosols from a spray can," he tells NPR's Guy Raz. "It turns out that those particles have a profound effect on maintaining the planet's temperature."
You might remember aerosols. They came in very handy, before our moonbat rulers decided they were bad for the environment.
Not to worry, generous government grants allow scientists to search for solutions, such as
injecting new pollutants into the stratosphere while we continue to clean up our emissions.
Polluting is a good thing if the government does it on our dime. It's only bad when it's a byproduct of productive activity. That's why Kintisch wants to put "gunk, essentially, up in the upper atmosphere" because "some scientists think we're getting near that worse-case scenario right now." That is, even though there has been no warming for the past 15 years, global warming is so awful that it's prudent to panic.
Saying that everything causes global warming is the same as saying that nothing does, which could explain why there hasn't been any lately. But no doubt the intended message is that since everything causes global warming, everything must be regulated by Big Government.
On a tip from J.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:30 AM
There are professors who pretend to be populists and populists who pretend to be professors. But there have never been a head and heart so perfectly matched as the pair within William Jefferson Clinton. It's an impossible equilibrium: wonky intellectual meets "Oh, hell" card player, oxygen and hydrogen. He defies the laws of physics as his daily exercise, but without him the universe just wouldn't be as friendly to humans. …
Where I'm from, he's a mythic figure. Ditto Haiti, ditto Africa — a huge crowd puller wherever he goes. Rock stars can't be President (lucky for you), but we've all got reason to be thankful that Presidents can be rock stars.
Still pretty mild compared to the Andrew Sullivan/David Brooks/Chris Matthews infatuation with Chairman Zero, but nevertheless…
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:24 AM
No, "vermin" doesn't refer to the bureaucrats running the place:
The Fairfield Department of Health has closed its building in Lancaster [Ohio] for three days to treat it for a flea infestation. …
The health building … was already being treated to eliminate the flea problem. The building closure marks a stepped-up effort to get rid of the pests.
Chipmunks and bats also have been spotted in the building.
What is the role of the officious petty tyrants scratching themselves and dodging bats inside the castle?
The health department inspects restaurants and pools, responds to septic-system complaints and vaccinates children, among other duties required by law.
But entrusting health and hygiene to flea-bitten bureauweenies makes at least as much sense as entrusting control of our financial sector to a communist community activist and his crony capitalist collaborators.
On a tip from Fiberal.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:57 AM
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree — or in the case of Kennedys, far from the bottle:
Rep. Patrick Kennedy was caught slamming so many vodka shots that the bartender cut him off — just hours after giving a speech where he discussed his longtime substance abuse woes, Roll Call's Heard on the Hill blog reported today.
The Rhode Island Democrat reportedly entered the Capitol Lounge in Washington DC at 11 Tuesday night — a few hours after giving a speech at a local charity that helps homeless women — and knocked back six shots of straight vodka before the bartender refused round seven.
Here's how plastered he got:
At one point Kennedy, who is not seeking re-election this year, declared Barack Obama "the best president ever."
Pat's enthusiasm for alcohol has gotten him into trouble before. But he redeemed himself by demanding that taxpayers fork over more money to finance drunks like himself loafing in rehab. Now that his political career is thankfully winding down, Patches can spend the rest of his life staggering back and forth between the saloon and rehab without having to make any tedious detours to the Capitol to cast his kneejerk left-wing votes.
On a tip from Byron.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:47 AM
Killing people with poison ... that seems somehow more Nazi-like than requiring foreigners to carry ID, don't you think?
I eagerly await the announcement of the San Francisco city council that travel to Egypt is banned.
Can you imagine the response if Israel had done this? I mean, I know it's Hamas, who lie as easily as they breather, but whenever Hamas has accused Israel of something awful all the progressive lefties in Europe and the USA start beating their chests like lowland gorillas.
Hat Tip: Knowledge Is Power
(I hope it goes without saying that the headline is ironic and not intended to indicate any endorsement of killing illegal immigrants with poison gas, or even forcing them to sit next to a fat man at Del Taco.)
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:36 AM
Whatever reality the governmedia is depicting with its stories of outrage inspired by Arizona's resolution to see that federal immigration law is enforced before the state goes under, it's sure not the reality most of us live in. Far from being appalled at her alleged "racism," people like Governor Jan Brewer so much better for signing SB 1070 that her approval rating has jumped by 16%:
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the state shows that 56% now approve of the way Brewer is performing her role as governor. Two weeks ago, just 40% offered their approval.
Brewer's support for a "temporary" sales tax increase had been crippling her election prospects, but now it appears she's starting to listen to the people, as opposed to listening to the leftist quislings who run the news media and the federal government.
We aren't stupid. We know who is taking our side, and who isn't.
On a tip from J.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:42 AM
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:38 AM
The City of San Francisco is barring its employees from traveling to Arizona because the thought that the state would compel illegal aliens to conform themselves to laws duly enacted by the people's legislature horrified their sense of propriety.
Whereas San Francisco progressives view themselves as the epitome of moral values and civic virtues and feel that their self-righteousness entitles them to impose their values nationwide. Let's have a quick recap of what those San Francisco values actually are, shall we?
We should all bow down before such awesome moral superiority, shouldn't we?
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:18 AM
Let me ask a question: Does a small peaceful Tea Party protest really warrant a fully armored SWAT Team?
Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:08 AM
Part of what makes America the most exceptional nation on the face of the earth is the First Amendment. We are reminded of this through a distasteful yet correct ruling this week.
A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the University of Wyoming to let William Ayers speak on the campus today -- and to reverse a decision to bar him from appearing. The university originally cited political controversy over Ayers, a University of Illinois at Chicago education professor who is controversial because of his one-time role as a leader of the Weather Underground.
The judge didn't buy the university's argument that security would be difficult to organize for the radical leftist Obama ghost writer/puppet master. This judge understands conservative demonstrators far better than the university.
The Casper Star-Tribune reported that Judge William Downes said: "This court is of age to remember the Weather Underground. When his group was bombing the Capitol in 1971, I was serving in the uniform of my country. Like many veterans, when I hear that name, I can scarcely swallow the bile of my contempt for it. But Mr. Ayers is a citizen of the United States who wishes to speak, and he need not offer any more justification than that."
The university has agreed to comply, and rightly so. U. Wyoming, a government-funded public institution, was out of line to attempt to silence the unrepentant terrorist Ayers, despicable as he and his opinions are. U.C. Berkeley would be just as wrong to prohibit Rush Limbaugh from speaking there (as if).
Regardless of whether the Democrat party feels so threatened now that they must try to crush the First Amendment rights of the Tea Party movement, conservatives are much better than that. We don't need to fear the truth. Whenever and wherever clear and open debate is allowed on the issues, conservative arguments win.
On an educated tip from Penelope.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:59 AM
We have a Secretary of Homeland Security who says that asking if the border is secure is "an unfair question." (Video)
We also have an Attorney General of the United States threatening to sue a state for enforcing a Federal Immigration Law that the Federal Government is refusing to enforce.
The inmates really are running the asylum.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:15 AM
Remember those hearings that Rep. Henry Waxman called, in order to compel those evil big corporations like AT&T to explain exactly why they were declaring huge losses only weeks after ObamaCare was signed? Why did the hearings all of a sudden disappear?
Publicly, Waxman said the investigation showed the companies' disclosures were properly filed. But a new report from committee Republicans reveals the documents Waxman obtained included embarrassing evidence that the health-care law could drive up insurance premiums and force employers to dump employees from their health plans.
Which, is just what conservatives and Republicans had been saying about ObamaCare fallout all along: Chairman Zero's promises were pure folly.
Most significantly, documents unearthed by the investigation highlight companies that are considering dumping employees from their current health-care plans in the face of new costs from the health-care law. President Obama repeatedly promised his health-care law would let Americans keep their current insurance if they're happy with it.
Henry "Turn-tail" Waxman resembles the nefarious Peter "Wormtail" Pettigrew in more ways than just a nickname. Just as Pettigrew faked a violent, explosive death to hide his perfidy toward "good wizards," the olfactorius California Representative appears to be hiding evidence of unpleasant ObamaCare realities by blowing things up -- or at least, blowing things over.
Image courtesy of Framing the Dialogue.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:05 AM
The containers include a silver slopbucket for food waste, which is then tipped in to a larger, green outdoor food bin, a pink bag for plastic bottles, a green bag for cardboard, and a white bag for clothing and textiles.
Paper and magazines go in blue bags, garden waste in a wheelie bin with a brown lid, while glass, foil, tins and empty aerosols should go in a blue box, with a grey wheelie bin for non-recyclable waste."
Also, the trash is collected less frequently. Higher costs, worse service, all mandatory; progressive governance at work.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:58 AM
The headline pretty much says it all, actually. It's still astounding how many people just swallow the Democrat line about the Arizona law without even questioning it or bothering to check the facts.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:50 AM
Sarah Palin just had a 26th Ethics charge dismissed as meritless. This specific baseless complaint dealt with a legal defense fund set up after she left office to pay her legal defenses for the other 25 baseless ethics charges; a number of which were filed by fat bitter Democrat scrunt Linda Kellen Biegle.
Meanwhile, tax cheats Tim Geithner and Charlie Rangel continue to wield power over the tax code, and Countrywide Chris Dodd gets to author banking regulations.
But it's OK because they're Democrats.
April 28, 2010
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:38 PM
If Obama gets what he wants, America is over.
On a tip from Shooter1001.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:15 PM
The weird little freakazoid Larry King is best known for proffering butterball questions as he sucks up to his guests like an obsequious bellhop. But look at the hard edge to his questioning when it comes to advancing the prime moonbat objectives of ridiculing Christianity and normalizing homosexual depravity:
You'd almost think there's something King isn't telling us… something that would cause eight marriages to fail. Nah, the marriages probably failed because he's the kind of obnoxious jackass who would accuse a pastor of encouraging the murder of homosexuals by not endorsing homosexuality.
Via NewsBusters, on a tip from Incitatus.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:01 PM
or any other time. Compliments of David Cholesterol:
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:47 PM
In a democratic society, normal people can be expected to express themselves politically. Yet when this happens, Democrats go into convulsions, shrieking lies in hysterical horror. Maybe the Dems should change their name to the Elitist Authoritarians.
Via Breitbart.tv, on a tip from Milton.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:43 PM
The White House Press Corps (that's Corpse in O-speak) is notoriously fickle and quick to take umbrage when they sense any disrespect from an administration. Could they be turning on The One, whom they helped to anoint, who would have the most open presidency in modern times?
The [Obama] White House has adopted a pugilistic attitude towards the press, lashing out at journalists who criticize the president, shutting others out, and adopting a deferential attitude towards the press corps that has some journalists reminiscing about the openness of -- gasp -- the George W. Bush presidency.
The Obama administration "came in with every reporter giving them the benefit of the doubt," one journalist told Politico's Josh Gersten and Patrick Gavin. "They've lost all that goodwill." It seems that the press corps's offense is questioning the administration's positions.
At least the Obama regime can lay claim to one thing: being the most thin-skinned in modern history.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:16 PM
A couple of weeks ago, one of Obama's leftist Big Labor buddies was caught admitting that he thinks unionized workers are a bunch of "rabidly racist" bigots. Over on Airstrip One, a voter finds out what PM Gordon Brown — leader of Airstrip One's Labour (Ingsoc) Party — thinks of her after she mentions to him her concerns about immigration and a hidden microphone captures his subsequent comments to a campaign aide.
If people really knew the degree to which Social Democrats on either side of the Atlantic held them in absolute contempt, the progressives would never win an election outside the most ignorant precincts of the largest cities.
Hat Tip: AoS HQ.
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:04 PM
Great news for envirokooks who would kill themselves to spare the polar bears from their carbon emissions, but are concerned about the pollution their corpses may cause. For only £300,000, you can dispose of yourself eco-guilt–free:
The Resomator is a green initiative that offers a smokeless alternative to cremation using chemicals to speed up the decomposition process.
Each device costs a staggering £300,000 and sees the odd-shaped unit filled up with a mixture of water and potassium hydroxide which speedily dissolves soft tissues and organs.
Here's how it works:
The person's body, in a sealed internal silk or wool coffin, is placed on a stainless steel shelf inside the metal cylinder and then the chamber is heated to 180 degrees under extreme pressure breaking down the body in less than three hours.
Any harmless residue left over is then drained away, leaving the skeleton which is ground to dust ready to be laid to rest.
The "harmless residue" that goes swirling down the drain is what used to be known as you.
Liberals are willing to flush society down the toilet, why shouldn't they do the same with their own bodies?
On a tip from Anonymous Countermoonbat.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:46 PM
Arizona isn't just up against Al Sharpton, Gavin Newsom, and the geniuses behind the Arizona Ice Tea boycott. These folks give intellectual heft to the movement to obliterate America's territorial sovereignty:
Once again we see that moonbats won't be happy until we dissolve our civilization and stop existing.
Via Right Wing News.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 12:00 PM
This video is not for the faint of heart. It exposes perhaps more about erstwhile rock star and perpetual useful idiot Sting than you probably ever wanted to know. Watch for Robot Sting as well.
My new favorite Gutfeld quote: "There's no worse job on the planet than standing over a splayed Sting."
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:29 AM
We all have to die, but we don't have to die without dignity — unless we live in a country that has succumbed to socialized medicine.
Her 'loyal and devoted' service as a Land Girl in the Second World War won her praise from Gordon Brown.
But this is the horrifyingly undignified state in which Clara Stokes had to live out her last days on an NHS ward.
Helpless and confused after suffering a stroke, the 84-year-old was left dehydrated, hungry and lying in her own faeces in a hospital bed for six hours. Relatives claim overworked nurses had ignored her.
Her daughter, Elle Chambers, photographed her plight and kept notes on her treatment during daily visits to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital.
The hospital has foundation status — a title given to NHS flagships. But Mrs Chambers, 57, was so appalled by the 'inhumane' conditions her mother endured that she has written to the Prime Minister.
Maybe Brown will offer some more praise to make up for her having to die in her own filth like an animal.
But there is a positive side to socialized medicine. No matter how hard you work, you cannot get better care for yourself and your family. Everybody is equally wretched. If you don't understand why this is positive, have a liberal explain.
On a tip from Anonymous Countermoonbat.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:03 AM
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 11:00 AM
For the sake of a two-inch fish called the Delta Smelt, California's Eco-hippies have turned the Central Valley… where 40% of America's food was once produced… into a dust bowl.
Not satisfied with 40% unemployment in Central Valley towns, California's Eco-hippies are now targeting the ranching industry. The hippies are upset because the "pristine" water in the places they like to backpack contains tiny amounts of cow poopy.
"At one time, cattle were important for developing civilization here," said Derlet. "But now, with 40 million people in California, the Sierra is not for cattle. It's for water. We need water more than Big Macs."
I guess it never occurred to the hippies that bears and elk also crap in their precious water.
Hat Tip: Knowledge Is Power
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:13 AM
Left-wing ideology is based on the premise that man is perfectible. If we just impose the proper mountain of laws, utopia can be attained by reshaping human character. It's called "social engineering." Tampa's Angel Adams demonstrates how it's working out:
The din of Room 168 at the Economy Inn on East Busch Boulevard occasionally drowned out conversation.
Twelve children ranging in age from 6 months to 11 years old spent the past week there, scrambling across the floor, bouncing on beds. Their eyes filled with resignation Wednesday morning; they were hungry and dirty — wearing the same clothes as the day before and the day before that.
Angel Adams, the mom, was asking for help as the children rambled about the room. She was homeless and hopeless, she said. A relative paid for the motel room for a week, and after that, who knows. Her fiance is in prison.
With measured indignation, Adams said somebody owes her.
Adams, who has a total of 15 children by at least 3 different fathers, is indignant because somebody owes her. If you want to know what it means to be indignant, keep reading…
By the end of the day Wednesday, help had arrived.
Nick Cox, regional director of the Florida Department of Children & Families, paid Adams a visit and, standing outside the motel room with all 12 children present, offered a solution. He said there was room at A Kid's Place in Brandon, a cottage large enough to house a family of 12. Though wary of the offer, Adams agreed. …
The 37-year-old mother doesn't work. "This is my work," she said, gesturing toward the bunch. "I do this all by myself. I don't know what I'm going to do. This is a revolving door going nowhere."
That sums up the lifestyle encouraged by our welfare state nicely.
A few days later, Angel was back in the news:
A courtroom full of people who paid off Angel Yulee Adams' debts and found a rent-free, six-bedroom home for her and a dozen of her children waited Monday morning for a sign of gratitude, a clue of cooperation. They waited for a thank you.
They didn't get it. Angel Adams, 37, said she was glad to have the home. But she wanted them all out of her life.
"I've been railroaded since day one," she said.
The state says day one was 21 months and 28 hearings ago, when Adams first landed in the courtroom of Hillsborough Circuit Judge Tracy Sheehan. Ever since then, Sheehan said, the state has tried to keep Adams and her children together.
But Adams lost her home after failing to pay rent to the Tampa Housing Authority, then recently was evicted from a two-bedroom rental apartment. All her things were dumped on the curb. She and 12 children wound up in a small motel room on E Busch Boulevard.
Her situation looked a lot better on Monday, thanks to the combined efforts of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, the state Department of Children and Families, Hillsborough Kids Inc., the Children's Home Society and A Kid's Place — which last week gave her a temporary cottage at its shelter near Brandon.
Officials from most of those agencies packed the judge's courtroom Monday to give a status report. Nick Cox, DCF's regional director, spoke for them.
"Everyone has bent over backward," he said. "The mother has been less than gracious."
Hillsborough Kids volunteered to help cover the more than $6,000 she owes to the Tampa Housing Authority. The Children's Home Society paid the first month's rent for the six-bedroom house and found furnishings. Her rent, adjusted for income and the size of her family, will be virtually nothing, Cox said. He couldn't estimate how much the state has spent on her in the past two years.
But Adams is still indignant, because somebody owes her.
There you have it, the New Socialist Woman. After liberals have socially engineered the last patriots out of existence, herds of Angel Adamses will inherit America. As the generations pass, they will find it requires too much effort to stand upright, and take to dragging themselves along on all fours to cash their welfare checks as they moo indignantly that somebody owes them.
On a tip from Scaramouche.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 9:10 AM
The worst drops in several months for the Dow, NASDAQ and stock markets worldwide came in the wake of this news: pathetic little Greece has had its debt downgraded to junk status, its credit rating tossed into the wine dark sea.
The junk rating, unusual for a developed nation, deepened fears that big fiscal deficits and debt burdens elsewhere could threaten the economic recovery in Europe. Stock markets on both sides of the Atlantic tumbled about 2 percent or more after the downgrade by Standard & Poor's.
Many sympathetic with Greece's plight will just blame the Germans, but there's no one to blame but the Greeks themselves and their progressive-socialist ways.
While the immediate fear is driven by Germany's grudging attitude toward bailing out Greece, some economists think Greece's growth prospects are so weak the government won't … collect enough taxes to be able to pay its bills years down the road. Worsening the country's plight is rising yields, which Monday neared double digits. The country's finance minister called current rates for raising funds "prohibitive."
There will be no rosy fingers of dawn to greet a Greek economic resurrection anytime soon. With the Democrats' insane deficit spending and debt-to-GDP percentages rising to historic levels, can we be too far behind? We think not, with the Obama regime and the Demonrats in charge.
Hat tip: Penelope.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:39 AM
George W. Bush's record on immigration enforcement and border security was ... let me reach for a thesaurus… deplorable, dreadful, execrable, godawful, wretched. Bush's administration literally threw border patrol agents in prison for protecting the border. Mainly, these policies were because Bush was a part of the ruling elite, and as such didn't see any real difference between American citizens and illegal immigrants. Like the left, to them, all of us are people to be ruled over. Even after 9-11, Bush left the southwestern border wide open, and only when he was trying to pass amnesty did he even try to give the appearance of securing the border. And then, he and his administration tried to calculate the minimum level of border enforcement that would mollify the voters.
So, it's little surprise that the brain behind the Bush administration, Karl Rove, is joining in the left-wing hysteria over Arizona's very moderate immigration law.
"I think there is going to be some constitutional problems with the bill," Rove reportedly said at a senior community center in The Villages, Forida, where he made a stop on his book tour. "I wished they hadn't passed it, in a way."
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:25 AM
It's not easy to parody the folks who brought us Barack Hussein Obama. Moonbats are so enraged at Arizona for attempting to enforce federal immigration laws before the entire state turns into New Juarez that they are boycotting Arizona Ice Tea.
The problem: Arizona Iced Tea is actually brewed in New York.
Online, misguided tea fans vowed to switch to Lipton or Snapple.
"Dear Arizona: If you don't change your immigration policy, I will have to stop drinking your enjoyable brand of iced tea," Twittered Jody Beth in Los Angeles.
"It is the drink of fascists," wrote Travis Nichols in Chicago. …
Founded in Brooklyn in 1992, the firm was based in Queens before moving into a new $35 million headquarters in Nassau County last year.
Look out, JCPenney. The progressive brain trust is liable to go after Arizona jeans next.
At least now that liberals are boycotting their product, Arizona Ice Tea won't have to print OPEN OTHER END on the bottom of the can.
On tips from Lunaticcringeradio, Sean, and Bill.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:21 AM
The Supreme Court has decided that the Mojave Cross War Memorial gets to stay. The ACLU's Taliban-like attempt to eliminate all expression of Christian Faith from public view and make atheism the official state religion is dealt a setback.
Bummer ACLU, but don't worry, you can go back to defending NAMBLA, those child-predators have deep pockets.
That the court's four activist lefties sided with eradicating religion shows just how perilously close to losing our freedoms we all are.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:19 AM
Based on the Progressive Left's hysterical and histrionic response to Arizona's new immigration law... which only repeats Federal law at the state level and allows the police to check the immigration status of people they have reasonable cause to suspect may be in the country illegally... it is clear the real position of the Progressive Left and the Democrat Party on illegal immigration is as follows:
Once an illegal alien makes it across our border, no one is ever allowed to question his immigration status.
Tell me where I'm wrong on this.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:10 AM
As Washington fixated Tuesday on expletive-laced excoriations of Goldman Sachs executives, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was across town delivering some grim warnings about America's fiscal future to President Obama's fiscal commission.
But Bernanke also voiced a surprisingly pessimistic view of Obama's recently passed health plan, questioning whether the nearly $1 trillion piece of legislation will do much of anything to reduce overall health care spending.
"At this point, the effects of the recent legislation on federal health-care spending over the long term are uncertain, in part because they depend importantly on implementation," Bernanke said.
Bernanke's oblique reference to implementation would likely cover roughly $500 billion in cuts to Medicare that must be authorized by future Congresses as well as the identification of ways to deliver care that are more efficient and reduce costs. The health bill authorizes trial runs of numerous such experiments.
That's just great: 20% of our nation's economy plus the very health and well-being of the public -- especially the young and the old, our most vulnerable -- will be the subjects of numerous experiments. Makes you just bubble with faith about ObamaCare, doesn't it?
Posted by The MaryHunter at 5:30 AM
Because they're just looking out for us, is all.
Hat tip: iOwnTheWorld.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:50 AM
The Revolutionary Muslim who threatened Matt Stone and Trey Parker with death for their blasphemous description of their Holy Prophet is a 20-year-old loser dweeb who lives with his mother and was known as Zachary Adam Chessler before his conversion to radical Islam.
But the real losers are Cowardly Central, for wetting their pants and quaking in fear because an unemployed jerk living in his mom's basement posted a threat on the Internet.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:44 AM
Greece's Debt Rating has been lowered to junk bond status. Some say Greece is a forewarning of a coming debt crisis that will swamp other countries. But here in America, we don't need to worry. Ace explains why…
Greece was plagued by irresponsible spending and politicians who lied about the country's massive liabilities and a high tax rate that discouraged growth. … Greece is nothing at all like Obama's America.
See, we're fine.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:07 AM
Good Morning Right Wing Patriots, Good Morning Left Wing Hollaback Girls,
Last Tuesday, Representative Patrick Kennedy spoke at a charity event about substance abuse, then went to a bar and tossed back a few vodka shots, where he apparently got drunk enough to declare B. Hussein Obama "the best president ever."
April 27, 2010
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:09 PM
How is it possible that socialism could inflict such ghastly damage on England, even after the great countermoonbat Margaret Thatcher so eloquently exposed it for what it is?
You can't have both freedom and equal outcomes. But what sort of lowlife would want the deserving and the undeserving to share equal outcomes? All honorable people whose freedom has not been denied will be content with the fate they earn for themselves. To begrudge others what they've earned is to wallow contemptibly in envy. Yet the garbage ideology of liberalism, by appealing to all that is most base in us, is managing to destroy our civilization.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:49 PM
MSNBC's human resources department must have set the maximum allowable IQ somewhere in the mid 60s.
Compliments of Joe Dan. On a tip from Nancy.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:39 PM
The great countermoonbat Joe Arpaio mops the floor with the despicable race-baiter Al Sharpton over illegal immigration, appropriately moderated by a guy who looks like an alien.
Liberals are actually arguing that Mexicans should be able to invade our country at will because it would be "racial profiling" to expect non-Caucasians to obey the law. The absurdity of grown adults pretending that it's "racist" to suspect Mexicans of being Mexican twists the brain like an Escher print. Liberalism has passed beyond self-parody into a bizarre travesty of thought that can only be called psychosis.
On a tip from Incitatus.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:20 PM
Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:08 PM
Moonbattery U. turns to the gnomish Greg Gutfeld for some sensible commentary on that whole Arizona immigration law thing.
Conservatives don't hate immigrants -- both Grandpas and one Grandma MaryHunter were legal immigrants -- but conservatives dislike illegal immigrants inside our borders, freeloaders who are simply breaking the law. It's that simple -- unlike the utter disbelief that some at MSNBC have at the notion that it's a crime to be an illegal immigrant.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 5:52 PM
Let's hear it for President Obama. He knows how to speak to middle America, in Ohio, in a town hall, with real Americans, who are all hand-picked Obots. Don't miss the seal-clapping "Obama Community Organizer" right behind Dear Leader.
Hat tip: Gateway Pundit.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 5:28 PM
...actual solutions for financial regulation in the form of a 20-page outline aiming to address the root causes of the 2008 financial meltdown: subprime mortgages, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The GOP plan would also place limits on government intrusion into financial markets and the lives of Americans.
The 20-page outline would prohibit the use of taxpayer funds to bail out failing financial giants of the future and impose federal regulation on many but not all trades of complex investments known as derivatives. It also calls for consumer protections that appear weaker than Democrats and the White House seek, and it would create new regulations on mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
The outline surfaced shortly before Senate Republicans united for the second straight day to block action on White House-backed legislation designed to prevent any recurrence of the ills that led to the economic calamity of 2008. The 57-41 vote left the measure three shy of the 60 needed to advance.
The likelihood of Republican legislation ever reaching the floor of either the Senate or the House this Congress is basically zero, so we'll have to wait until January 2011 for any sensible, pro-American bills to come up for a vote. Hopefully America can survive the wait.
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:04 PM
This sums it up nicely:
Compliments of Michelle.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 4:50 PM
No one should be surprised to learn that a top Treasury Department official, who is deeply involved in writing the Democrat-favored financial regulation overhaul bill, was complicit in the subprime mortgage crisis that fueled our whole financial meltdown in the first place.
Conservative media outlets are looking at Eric Stein's work as a senior vice president for the Center for Responsible Lending [CRL].
The organization helped get loans to people with less-than-perfect credit. It was also partially funded by billionaire John Paulson, who is currently answering questions regarding what involvement he had in the Goldman Sachs dealings.
Mr. Stein appears to be slated to head an Obama regime "consumer financial protection agency." Under his leadership, such an agency would offer just about as much protection to Americans as a wool condom.
Stein promoted policies that, in his words, encourages other lenders to make sustainable loans to borrowers with blemished credit." In other words, they would buy loans from banks to make such loans. Then the loan would be kicked up to Fannie Mae. Paulson got rich. Taxpayers got bilked.
Rather than being promoted to protect consumers, [Stein] needs to explain his role in creating and sustaining the crisis.
As, of course, do Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, and any number of other congressional Democrat enablers of this financial mess.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:58 PM
Yes, even stupider than Contessa Brewer's "Being an illegal immigrant is now a crime" quote.
From Thomas Saenz, president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund:
"If every state had its own laws, we wouldn't be one country; we'd be 50 different countries."
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Only a progressive legal outfit would make someone that ignorant of the Constitution its President and General Counsel.
Hat Tip: Sondra K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:04 PM
Remember when Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor publicly snickered at the idea of judges having the integrity not to legislate from the bench? It might be what got her the nomination. From the liberal point of view, judges aren't there to uphold justice, any more than teachers are on the job to teach, or journalists to inform. The sole objective is to shove the progressive agenda down our throats, as we will no doubt be reminded with Comrade Obama's replacement for retiring moonbat John Paul Stevens.
Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., said in an interview that Republicans are planning a sharp focus on the president's approach to governance — regardless of who the president nominates — to ensure that the newest member of the high court won't be a "rubber-stamp" for the Obama agenda.
"It's pretty clear to me that President Obama sees judges as allies in an effort to promote an agenda he thinks is best for the country," Sessions said. "And a lot of people see it that way — he's just part of that movement.
"And that's not law. That's not law — that's politics. And it's a poison in our legal system, and the American people are not happy about it. They see it for what it is, and they don't think that courts ought to be there to rubber-stamp President Obama's or anybody's agenda. …
"What I'm hearing from my constituents is a cry that Washington is losing all recognition that it is a government of limited, delegated powers, and that it is assuming roles that go far beyond anything the governed ever thought that they would be doing," Sessions said.
The question is, what can anybody do about it prior to November? The answer: Senate Republicans must not roll over, as they did with Sotomayor, no matter how stylish the ethnic pedigree of the nominee. Dig in and make an issue of it, so that the public can't help but be aware of just how radically hostile to this country's founding principles its current rulers truly are.
On a tip from J.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:03 PM
Mexico's government is warning its citizens about travel to Arizona because of a tough new immigration law there.
The travel alert from the Foreign Relations Department … says that the law's passage shows "an adverse political atmosphere for migrant communities and for all Mexican visitors."
It says that once the law takes effect, foreigners can be detained if they fail to carry immigration documents. While enforcement details are not yet clear, the alert says "it should be assumed that any Mexican citizen could be bothered and questioned for no other reason at any moment."
Mexico, on the other hand, doesn't require foreign visitors to carry any documentation. Everybody's welcome, no questions asked. Kidding, of course — Mexican immigration law is quite sensibly much more rigid than ours. In Mexico, it's a felony to be an illegal alien, as it should be here.
On a tip from Byron.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:13 PM
Wouldn't it be nice to have this much free time on your hands?
Fifteen Greenpeace protesters have been sentenced over their involvement in demonstrations at two Queensland coal ports last year.
Greenpeace activists anchored their ship, Esperanza, offshore and disrupted operations at the Abbot Point terminal near Bowen, north of Mackay, and the Hay Point terminal, south of Mackay, last August.
Four protesters chained themselves to a coal loader at Hay Point for more than 30 hours.
Greenpeace ringleader Linda Selvey shrieks that her army of punks and saboteurs "will continue to take action" unless Australia agrees to shut everything down and wait in the darkness for starvation to put them out of the polar bears' misery.
Alarmingly, maniacs like this have allies in very high places.
On a tip from Johnnosk.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 10:56 AM
MSDNC's House Eunuch Joe Scarborough has added his castrato falsetto to the chorus of lefty voices denouncing Arizona's mild new immigration law -- specifically, its requirements that immigrants keep identity papers on them at all times --- as being like something out of Nazi Germany.
Here is video from Morning Joe today, where Joe Scarborough actually likened the new Arizona Anti-Illegal Immigration Law to Nazi "Guards" demanding, "show me your papers."
Does Scarborough remind anyone else of an older, chunkier version of Matthew Perry? Anyway, if requiring non-citizens to carry identity papers makes a state into Nazi Germany, then the USA has been under fascism for quite a while; because that precise requirement exists under Federal Law.
Every alien, eighteen years of age and over, shall at all times carry with him and have in his personal possession any certificate of alien registration or alien registration receipt card issued to him pursuant to subsection (d) of this section. Any alien who fails to comply with the provisions of this subsection shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall upon conviction for each offense be fined not to exceed $100 or be imprisoned not more than thirty days, or both.
Time to polish your jackboots. BTW, both MSDNC and the CBS presented readers with the insight that the law "Makes It a Crime To Be an Illegal Immigrant." So... breaking the law isn't a crime until the law is enforced? This is how the left thinks?
(Hat Tip: Ace)
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:41 AM
Turning their own city into a stinking cesspool bubbling over with moonbat depravity isn't enough for the liberal weenies running San Franfreakshow into the ground. They have decided they should have jurisdiction over Arizona too:
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera on Monday called for a sweeping boycott of the state of Arizona and Arizona-based businesses.
Herrera, himself the son an immigrant from Latin America, called the law "draconian" and released the following statement upon announcing the push for a boycott:
Just as it did two decades ago when it refused to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Arizona has again chosen to isolate itself from the rest of the nation. Our most appropriate response is to assure that their isolation is tangible rather than merely symbolic. San Francisco should lead the way in adopting and aggressively pursuing a sweeping boycott of Arizona and Arizona-based businesses until this unjust law is repealed or invalidated. My office is fully committed to work with San Francisco city departments and commissions to identify all applicable contracts, and to pursue termination wherever possible. And my office stands ready to assist in any legal challenges in whatever way it can [using taxpayer money].
By the way, we also refuse to move our clocks around for Daylight Savings. I love this place.
Hysterical liberal race-baiting aside, the law isn't the least "draconian." It simply allows the state to pick up the ball that was deliberately dropped by the quislings in Washington, who intend to demographically deform our country in their favor by importing tens of millions of Third World peasants, the vast majority of whom will be net recipients of Big Government largesse and will therefore reliably vote for Democrats.
But liberals, with their great love of centralized autocracy, can't be blamed for not liking our new law. If the feds won't fulfill government's most basic obligation by defending us from foreign invasion, but the states will, what do we need Washington for? Why are we allowing the useless, parasitical vermin in the District of Criminals to consume half of our wealth when they do next to nothing for us in return? Isn't the federal government pretty much the same thing as one of those facehuggers in Alien, with illegal aliens being the eggs it is planting inside us to eat us alive from within? Nothing that gets people asking these questions is going to be much help to the progressive agenda.
On tips from Incitatus and Travis.
For a dose of countermoonbattery, check out the comments on the local NBC article cited above. Virtually every one sides with Arizona against illegal Reconquistadors and the governmedia quislings who support them.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:48 AM
Among the most fundamental laws of the universe is that the more government you have, the more corruption you will have. When human interaction is based on coercion instead of voluntary contracts, the only way to get anything done is to grease the palms of scuttling bureaucratic overlords, who pursue their positions because it's the most effective means to acquire wealth. That's why the first word of this Pajamas Media report must be a typo:
Surprising documents made available to this author reveal that Assistant Secretary of Energy Cathy Zoi has a huge financial stake in companies likely to profit from the Obama administration's "green" policies.
Zoi, who left her position as CEO of the Alliance for Climate Protection — founded by Al Gore — to serve as assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy, now manages billions in "green jobs" funding. But the disclosure documents show that Zoi not only is in a position to affect the fortunes of her previous employer, ex-Vice President Al Gore, but that she herself has large holdings in two firms that could directly profit from policies proposed by the Department of Energy.
Among Zoi's holdings are shares in Serious Materials, Inc., the previously sleepy, now bustling, friend of the Obama White House whose public policy operation is headed by her husband. Between them, Zoi and her husband hold 120,000 shares in Serious Materials, as well as stock options. Reporter John Stossel has already explored what he sees as the "crony capitalism" implied by Zoi being so able to influence the fortunes of a company to which she is so closely associated.
In addition, the disclosure forms reflect that Zoi holds between $250,000 and $500,000 in "founders shares" in Landis+Gyr, a Swiss "smart meter" firm. She also still owns between $15,000 and $50,000 in ordinary shares.
"Smart meters," put simply, are electric meters that return information about customer power usage to the power company immediately and allow a power company to control the amount of power a customer can consume. These smart meters are a central component of the Obama administration's plans to reduce electricity consumption as part of the "smart grid."
That is, one summer soon bureaucrats will be remotely turning down your AC on behalf of the polar bears. Stalin and Hitler never dreamed of this level of micromanagement. Since not even the boobs running the government believe in global warming anymore, the actual point, other than to increase control over us as an end in itself, is to enrich autocrats like Zoi.
On a tip from Oiao.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:18 AM
As our liberal rulers spend us $trillions upon $trillions into debt, eradicating any hope that the next generation will live as well, you have to wonder — where does all the money go? San Franfreakshow offers a clue:
More than 1 in 3 of San Francisco's nearly 27,000 city workers earned $100,000 or more last year — a number that has been growing steadily for the past decade.
The number of city workers paid at least $100,000 in base salary totaled 6,449 last year. When such extras as overtime are included, the number jumped to 9,487 workers, nearly eight times the number from a decade ago. And that calculation doesn't include the cost of often-generous city benefits such as health care and pensions.
The exorbitant pay is due to "generous contracts in a city known for its politically potent unions" and the fact that the socialists writing the checks aren't spending their own money.
Fortunately it doesn't matter that public sector employees aren't famous for working very hard, because many of their jobs are extraneous anyway. How many real jobs does it take to support the Louis XVI lifestyle of one useless bureaucrat? We'll find out as liberal policies continue to cause real jobs to dry up, eroding the tax base so that bureauweenies are reduced to paying themselves their stratospheric salaries with increasingly worthless money.
On a tip from J.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:48 AM
There is some justice in the world. The economic slump is going to be putting a few more people out of work in November — namely the Democrats who caused it by forcing banks to make race-based loans and resisting Republican attempts to rein in Fanny & Freddy until the entire housing market had collapsed.
Notch one more victim of the recession: With crucial midterm elections nearing, Democrats have lost the advantage they've held for years as the party the public trusts to steer the economy.
The timing could be fortunate for the Republicans. With jobs and the economy dominating voters' concerns, the GOP will wield the issue as a cudgel in the battle to grab control of at least one chamber of Congress this November and weaken President Barack Obama.
"The number one question on voters' minds is, 'Where are the jobs?'" said Ken Spain, spokesman for the House Republican campaign organization. "Republican candidates on the campaign trail will ask one very simple question: 'Are you better off today that you were two years ago?'"
A similar question worked well for Reagan after the Jimmy Carter debacle.
Pollsters, analysts and politicians across party lines agree the Democrats have lost their grip on the issue [of the economy] chiefly due to unemployment rates that have stuck near 10 percent since last summer, an ongoing foreclosure crisis and the recession that began in December 2007 [not long after the Dems took over Congress]…
While the November elections are a long way off, most economists believe unemployment will still be high by Election Day, and improvements in the economy are likely to be modest.
Aware that the party in power is commonly punished for a weak economy, Democrats hope to persuade voters to view the elections as a choice between their party's recovery efforts and what they call the GOP's preferences to reward corporations and wealthy taxpayers.
Corrosive class warfare rhetoric and attacking the golden goose that creates the jobs worked in the past too. But having been through one Great Depression, we're wiser than we were in FDR's time — and thanks to the Internet, better informed.
The Democrats also may have hurt their image as effective custodians of the economy by spending more than a year pushing Obama's near $1 trillion health care overhaul through Congress. It was enacted last month to mixed public reviews and after many people — including Democrats — complained that stronger congressional efforts on jobs were overdue.
To translate out of the APese, ObamaCare was rammed down our throats despite the obvious deleterious effect it would have on the already weak economy, and the public is enraged.
Look for the media to begin painting rosy scenarios of the booming recovery just around the corner. But having flushed away the last of its credibility on the global warming hoax and getting Comrade Obama in office, the MSM is going to have a hard time convincing us we have jobs when we don't.
…nearly two-thirds in [an Associated Press-GfK] poll say they know a non-relative who has recently lost a job. This group, whose size has remained steady for more than a year, is likelier to back Republicans.
Not to worry, Dems. With your skill set and reputation for integrity, you're sure to find work as used car salesmen.
On a tip from Conan.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 8:20 AM
We at Moonbattery fervently apologize for our previous report, mocking the notion espoused by senior Iranian clerics that loose women are the root cause of earthquakes. New data has just come in that show definitive proof of a causal relationship between sluttiness and earth tremors. You see, Monday was Boobquake Day, and sure enough, it was accompanied by a 6.5-magnitude earthquake in Taiwan (which is clearly the boob capital of the planet).
Those who scorned the Holiest of Holy Imam's pronouncements blaming immodesty for the earth's shudders will be unceremoniously neutered, then beheaded.
Hat tip: The Daily Caller.
OK, OK. So go earthquake, already.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:35 AM
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:54 AM
The progressive left/the Democrat PR wing/the Obama Amen corner have been cheering GM's "repayment" of its bailout loan as proof that socialism works, that President Wonderful is an economic super-genius, and that us right-wing conservatives who questioned the wisdom of the Government's action are racists.
As usual with leftist hype, there are multiple problems with that "analysis."
1. GM received almost $50 billion in bailout loans and is "repaying" less than $7 billion.
2. GM is "repaying" its
Government taxpayer "loans" by raiding another bailout fund provided by taxpayers.
3. GM is also asking for another $10 billion in Government loans.
4. The Treasury Department rates the chances of GM repaying its bailout in full as somewhere between slim and none.
Meanwhile, Ford, the one American auto company that wasn't bailed out by the Government, reported a $2 billion profit for the quarter, its sales are up 37%, and its market share is increasing.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:45 AM
"It is absolutely reminiscent of second class status of Jews in Germany prior to World War II when they had to have their papers with them at all times and were subject to routine inspections at the suspicion of being Jewish," Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo), who is Jewish, told POLITICO.
Incidentally, some of the people who don't like the idea of enforcing our country's immigration laws protested by smearing windows at the Capitol with beans in swastika patterns.
So, if people who protest taxes by throwing tea bags can be called "tea-baggers," can people who protest immigration laws by smearing beans be called "beaners," or would that be racist?
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:10 AM
Good Morning Right-Wing Patriots, Good Morning Left Wing Ash Holes,
Among the other Pork Items being pushed by spendthrift Obamacrats is $68 Million to build a monument to a Dead Kennedy, and I don't mean Jello Biafra. (Although I am sure that's in the pipeline.)
Fittingly enough, the Kennedy Cult is raiding the Defense Budget to build a model to their favorite rapist and manslaughterer.
Supporters want to siphon $28.9 million of the funding from the Defense Department budget alone. Nearly $19 million of that is already signed into law.
I wonder what the Memorial will look like. Maybe they can get Jose "Piss Christ" Serrano to immerse an Oldsmobile in a tank of urine. It would be appropriate on many levels.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:12 AM
The elite educrats of Stanford University created a charter school in a disadvantaged area of Palo Alto, California. They used the school as a laboratory for all the trendy educational concepts designed by leading experts.
Stanford New Schools hires well-trained teachers who use state-of-the-art progressive teaching methods; Stanford's student teachers provide extra help. With an extra $3,000 per student raised privately, students enjoy small classes, mentoring, counseling and tutoring, technology access, field trips, summer enrichment, health van visits, community college classes on campus, and community service opportunities. The goal is to send graduates to college as critical thinkers, lifelong learners, and "global citizens."
How well did this Progressive Utopian School District do? About as well as all progressive utopia experiments. It was incredibly expensive, and it finished in the bottom 5% of California schools. (And when you consider California schools as a whole tend to rest at the bottom of all US states in achievement, that's kind of like… wow.)
But, of course, it's not the educrats fault the school failed. It's never the elites fault when their utopias fail. It's those stupid disadvantaged students who didn't appreciate everything the elites were doing
to for them.
Ms. Darling-Hammond — who told the board that the school "takes all kids" and changes their "trajectory" — was angered by the state's categorization of the charter as a persistently worst-performing school. "It is not the most accurate measure of student achievement," she said, "particularly if you have new English language learners."
Never mind that other Charter Schools drawing from the same student pool — but which focused on academics and not on the whole personhood of the students — performed much better.
Hat Tip: Scott
April 26, 2010
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:10 PM
It looks like Z-list actor D.C. Douglas isn't the only moonbat to master the art of the nasty voice mail message. After the one he left at FreedomWorks cost him his GEICO voice gig, some likeminded progressives decided to follow him off the cliff. Warning — liberal language ahead; don a hazmat suit before proceeding. The following voicemails and emails were spat at FreedomWorks and collected by Tabitha Hale:
Too bad for the liberal establishment media that patriots don't talk like this. They might be able to portray the Tea Party movement as vicious without wasting the last tattered scraps of their credibility.
Via Right Wing News, on a tip from Oiao.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:25 PM
Last week, when there was Global Hysteria about the eruption of Iceland's Evil-loogie volcano, I said that the shut down of European airspace was an over-reaction based on faulty computer models (like global warming hysteria). Several people said I was wrong, and I should have deferred to authorities because the threat of ash damage was so serious.
Britain's airspace was closed under false pretences, with satellite images revealing there was no doomsday volcanic ash cloud over the entire country.
New evidence shows there was no all-encompassing cloud and, where dust was present, it was often so thin that it posed no risk.
The satellite images demonstrate that the skies were largely clear, which will not surprise the millions who enjoyed the fine, hot weather during the flight ban.
Evidence has emerged that the maximum density of the ash was only about one 20th of the limit that scientists, the Government, and aircraft and engine manufacturers have now decided is safe.
Granted, when an aircraft flies through an ash cloud very close to a volcano, it's a different story, but over thousands of cubic kilometers of atmosphere, a cloud becomes pretty dispersed.
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:39 PM
Tim Geithner — the tax cheat who heads the Treasury Department — offers a clue as to why he's so clueless:
He's hardly the only one in the Obamination Administration severely lacking in real world experience:
Apparently flushing $trillions down the toilet while doing everything possible to terrify businesses and investors is only absurd in the real world; from the academic/bureaucratic perspective, it's sound economic policy.
On tips from DaddyOD and Incitatus.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:09 PM
Yet all the fault lies with "right-wing Republicans like … Arlen Specter"! Seeing is believing:
Benedict Arlen is not even a Republican anymore, much less right wing. But Dems may come to regret inviting them into their roach nest, as he has scraped up enough integrity to show some curiosity about the flagrant violation of federal election law the Obamination Administration committed by offering Sestak a bribe to stay out of the Pennsylvania Senate race.
On a tip from TrickleUpPolitics.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:47 PM
Only the repellent vegan weenie who calls himself Moby could take the James Bond theme music and turn it into nauseating Muzak — and only Moby could challenge even U2 in the realm of pop czar ecohypocrisy.
Moby, as DJ and singer-songwriter Richard Melville Hall is known, has purchased Wolf's Lair, a Hollywood Hills castle-like fortress with views of the Hollywood sign, downtown and the ocean, for $3,925,000. …
The main house, John Lautner-designed guesthouse and pool house apartment have a total of eight bedrooms and 5 1/2 bathrooms in about 6,500 square feet of living space. Moby's new kitchen has all the requisite appliances. …
The structures sit on 3.3 acres above Lake Hollywood. The black-bottom swimming pool is shaped like a heart, and the pool terrace has a pergola-covered seating area.
No doubt Moby plans to compensate for his large lifestyle by continuing to lecture us about overconsumption.
On tips from Edward.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:55 AM
B. Hussein and the Bitter Half have hit us taxpayers with another date night. This time, instead of closing down Manhattan so they could see a play, they traveled to moonbat-friendly Asheville, NC for dinner. Now we know how Michelle got that caboose:
The meal included BBQ ribs, greens, baked beans, corn pudding, mac & cheese and corn bread, guzzled back with icy cold sweet teas.
This is relevant because the Bride of Obama has been on a jihad against tasty food, lecturing loudly that obesity is a "threat to national security." Who knows what restrictions will be imposed on our diets as Big Government consolidates control of our health under ObamaCare? Already we have Democrat pols calling for laws against salt.
But our rulers will continue to eat as they please.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 11:22 AM
Not only are conservative and Republican women just doggone way hot, they love to speak up for our nation and our Constitution. Janine Turner, case in point, has a mission: to "Constitute America" -- educate all Americans about the importance of this timeless document that formed the foundation of the most successful country and economy in the world. Among her pro-Constitution activities, she is sponsoring the "We the People 9*17" contest for children and high-school kids, aimed at spreading knowledge and understanding of our founding documents.
From Kathyn Jean Lopez at NRO:
To hear Janine Turner talk about her contest is to hear someone in love with her country, challenging herself to truly know what that means and be an active contributor to its preservation. Janine Turner represents the best of this tea-party mood in the air. Her civic passion is the same kind of magnet that attracts people to the tea parties, to the likes of Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin. She may be an actress, but there's something very familiar about Janine Turner (who you might remember as Maggie O'Connell): Just another American, who might be new to the intensive study of history, but wants to share what she's learning -- and make it creative and entertaining -- along the way. It's certainly not a bad thing.
Ms. Turner deserves much credit as a stand-up Hollywood celebrity who does not let the prevailing leftward wind of Tinsel Town sway her from her patriotic, America-loving altruism.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:04 AM
Sorry white men — given our victim politics spoils system, BHO can't represent everyone. In the midst of this phony demagoguery, Comrade Obama promises to "reconnect … young people, African-Americans, Latinos, and women" in an alliance against everyone else to keep the corrosion known as Hope & Change eating away at whatever's left of our country after 2010:
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:22 AM
There aren't many corners of our culture that haven't yet been corrupted by moonbattery. Now even Archie comics — which have been around since the Depression — promote normalizing homosexual depravity.
In a move that is generating a lot of buzz on the Web, the publishers of Archie Comics recently announced that they are bringing in an openly gay character, Kevin Keller, starting with the September issue.
What's the plot? According to CNN, new-guy Kevin beats Jughead in a burger-eating contest. For whatever reason, this act of intestinal fortitude impresses the raven-haired Veronica. She begins to pursue Kevin, who, for obvious reasons, isn't interested. Kevin must find ways to deflect her affection without being mean, but Veronica, used to winning, doesn't give up easily. Hilarity ensues, until Kevin finally confides in Jughead that he is gay. … And don't look for Kevin to show up for just a few issues and then never be heard from again. The New York Times reports that Kevin is more than a one-off character. There are future stories already mapped out.
Good thing Leave It to Beaver went off the air. By now the show would be advancing "inclusiveness" by having Ward Cleaver molest the paper boy while dressed in women's clothes.
On a tip from Muddypaw.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:18 AM
By now anyone who doesn't live in a cave is aware at some level that the President of the United States is a guy whose long-time friend, associate, and political mentor waged a terror war against the USA. But somehow the full import of this fact doesn't seem to have sunk in. Maybe bombing Americans is acceptable now; after all, Muslims do it, and it would be racist to criticize the Religion of Peace. But even aside from his terrorist activities, Bill Ayers offers alarming insight into the milieu that produced our current leadership. Donna Ron reminisces on the "defining event" of her life. She was in college, visiting Ayers in his attic apartment…
…when I was getting ready to leave Ayers told me I couldn't go until I slept with his roommate and his brother. At this point Bill and I had slept together just once. I was sexually inexperienced, having had only one serious boyfriend with whom I had recently broken up.
At first I thought Ayers was joking. I got up; and went to the door. He moved quickly to block me at the doorway. He locked the door and put the chain on it. I went to the couch and sat down and told him that I had no intention of having sex with his roommate and his brother or him. He said that I had no choice but to do as he said if I wanted to get out of there. He claimed that I wouldn't sleep with his married roommate because he was black — that I was a bigot.
Then as now, bullies could get the gullible to do pretty much anything by brandishing the "racism" charge. Donna submitted to rape.
I felt trapped. I had to get out of the situation I was in and because he was so effective a guilt-tripper, I also felt I had to prove to him that I wasn't a bigot. I got up from the couch and walked over to the black roommate's bed and put myself on it and he f*cked me. I went totally out of my body. I floated beside myself on the outside and above the bed looking at this black stranger f*ck me angrily while I hated myself.
There you have it: politically correct race relations in a nutshell.
This is also the world that produced Barack Hussein Obama in a nutshell. Like Ayers, his childhood mentor Frank Marshall Davis was also a communist and a sexual deviant; Davis has bragged in print about raping a 13-year-old girl.
Although the media has done all it could to obscure Obama's background, anyone even mildly curious could have found out well in advance that he is the product of a cultural sewer. Yet they submitted, just like Donna Ron, and for the same sick reasons.
On tips from Edward.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:10 AM
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:53 AM
Witnesses say a group protesting against SB1070 (Arizona's harsh new immigration law) began to fight with a man who was for the controversial immigration bill. Police tried escorting that man away from the scene, fearing for his safety, when they too came under attack by people throwing items, including water bottles.
Also, that name, "La Raza," it means "The Race." And their Mission Statement is "For the Race Everything, Outside the Race Nothing." To me, that sounds a whole lot more Ku Klux Klannish than "Taxed Enough Already." But then again, I'm not a member of the Obama Amen Corner or the Mainstream media; but I repeat myself.
Oh, and America's Premier Race Hustler, Al Sharpton, is on his way to Arizona to see if he can make a buck off the proceedings. Well, every rodeo needs a clown.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:10 AM
In a world infested with moonbattery, we easily can segue from not being gay enough for employment to a Democrat candidate who doesn't bat enough from the wrong side of the plate to be elected.
Just how bisexual is Gregg Kravitz? His political career may pivot on the answer. Kravitz is a 29-year-old former stockbroker from Philadelphia, who is running for the Pennsylvania statehouse. He claims to be a bisexual.
His opponent in the Democratic primary, incumbent Babette Josephs, says Kravitz is lying about who he sleeps with in order to curry favor with gay voters. Josephs claims she met a woman at a fundraiser who identified herself as Kravitz's girlfriend. "I outed him as a straight person," Josephs announced.
If Democrat candidates continue to compete among themselves for the queerest attributes as qualifications for elected office, 2010 is going to look better and better for conservatives.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:18 AM
And in related news, old man resents kids on his lawn
At New York Magazine, Gabriel Sherman churns out a long, brown, curly piece of journalism cataloging the millions Sarah Palin has made and laments the corporate machine that has enabled her to do so.
Nowadays, for both poles of the political spectrum but especially for the right, politics is a business — the entertainment business. The freak show, as Mark Halperin termed it, has been turned into a fully merchandised product. It was Fox's Roger Ailes who had the insight that the American right was an underserved market, one with a powerful kind of brand loyalty. Fox News has turned a disaffected segment of the populace into a market, with the fervor and idiosyncratic truth standards of a cult. Wingnut-ism has been monetized, is one admittedly partisan way of looking at it. Palin stokes the disaffection of her constituents and then, with the help of Fox, offers to heal them, for a price. And — surprise — they're more affluent than most Americans. Fifty-six percent make over $50,000 a year, according to a Times/CBS poll. Running for president is no doubt part of her business model. But forget elections (as many Palin supporters already seem to have done); she's already the president of an alternative America — and also its CEO.
Yes, it truly sucks that instead of going broke fending off nuisance "ethics" complaints about her wearing an Arctic Cat parka at a snowmobile race or allegedly trying to fire a state trooper who smacked his wife around and tasered an eleven-year-old kid … (Oh, and did we mention, her daughter's a slut?) … Sarah Palin had the gall to actually go out and become a successful author and speaker.
Now, which is more likely:
1. A liberal writer is genuinely concerned that the American body politic is being undermined by the crass commercialization of the right-wing point-of-view.
2. A liberal writer is insanely jealous that the only profitable media is on the right, and that Sarah Palin — who didn't even go to an Ivy League school — made twelve million dollars last year.
Which do you think it is?
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:17 AM
Good thing it's a "hate-free zone," otherwise I guess they'd be hoping she and her daughters were ripped apart by wild dogs and then sasquatch peed on their remains. Or is wishing violence on someone not hateful when that someone is Sarah Palin?
One more thing about that picture of anti-Palin protesters, where are the black faces?
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:58 AM
RINO Lindsey Graham has withdrawn his support for the Senate's Cap-and-Tax Bill … a massive tax increase wrapped around an ineffectual response to a hoax environmental crisis. This has led the New York Times's Thomas Friendman — the man who would marry the Chinese Autocracy if he could — to have a sort of breakdown thingy.
"This is a disaster … This is a travesty. Basically, we were about to send the first bi-partisan legislation for radical move toward more green energy, more green jobs and putting a price on carbon…"
Anytime a twit like Thomas Friedman is throwing a hissy, it's a good day for America.
Friedman, by the way, considers John Kerry, Joe Lieberman, and Lindsey Graham to be America's political center.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:29 AM
Good Morning Right-Wing Patriots and Allahu Akbar Left-Wingers,
The Democrats --- who believe foreign terrorists should have Constitutional rights, but American companies shouldn't--- are preparing to roll out a new bill to limit the participation of American companies and citizen groups in the political process.
Public employee unions will still be free to launder their taxpayer-provided dues back into the coffers of the Democrat party under this law, of course.
April 25, 2010
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:41 PM
Yet More Nativist Legislation Outlawing Brown People Brought to Us By a Neo-Nazi Hugger
The non-hysterical truth of the matter is that there is nothing in the Arizona Law that isn't in existing Federal Immigration Law. States like Arizona are just fed up with refusal of the Federal Government to enforce its immigration laws against illegal immigrants.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:31 AM
Stay psyched, patriots. The real battle hasn't started yet, and America cannot afford for us to lose.
On a tip from TED.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 11:10 AM
Our parish is going green, trying to reduce its Holy Carbon Footprint and soliciting parishioner and outside funds to this end. The fervor with which many Christian churches are trying to comply with the eco-moonbat mythology of Gaia is bordering on sacreligious.
Conservatives love the wilderness and appreciate the importance of clean air, land, and water just as much as lefties do -- and even more so, if measured by the clean-up efforts of their respective protest movements. While it is laudable to ""protect the environment" of this great nation, the most effective means of doing it are misunderstood at best, and misrepresented at worst.
Let's think green based on actual science and fact, rather than falsehood and emotion. Here are five myths about green energy that all Patriots should not only understand themselves, but also educate others about:
1. Solar and wind power are the greenest of them all.
Unfortunately, solar and wind technologies require huge amounts of land to deliver relatively small amounts of energy, disrupting natural habitats. Even an aging natural gas well producing 60,000 cubic feet per day generates more than 20 times the watts per square meter of a wind turbine. A nuclear power plant cranks out about 56 watts per square meter, eight times as much as is derived from solar photovoltaic installations.
Nor does wind energy substantially reduce CO2 emissions. Since the wind doesn't always blow, utilities must use gas- or coal-fired generators to offset wind's unreliability. The result is minimal -- or no -- carbon dioxide reduction.
2. Going green will reduce our dependence on imports from unsavory regimes.
In the new green economy, batteries are not included. Neither are many of the "rare earth" elements that are essential ingredients in most alternative energy technologies. Instead of relying on the diversity of the global oil market -- about 20 countries each produce at least 1 million barrels of crude per day -- the United States will be increasingly reliant on just one supplier, China, for elements known as lanthanides. Lanthanum, neodymium, dysprosium and other rare earth elements are used in products from high-capacity batteries and hybrid-electric vehicles to wind turbines and oil refinery catalysts.
3. A green American economy will create green American jobs.
[T]he very concept of a green job is not well defined. Is a job still green if it's created not by the market, but by subsidy or mandate? Consider the claims being made by the subsidy-dependent corn ethanol industry. Growth Energy, an industry lobby group, says increasing the percentage of ethanol blended into the U.S. gasoline supply would create 136,000 jobs. But an analysis by the Environmental Working Group found that no more than 27,000 jobs would be created, and each one could cost taxpayers as much as $446,000 per year. Sure, the government can create more green jobs. But at what cost?
4. Electric cars will substantially reduce demand for oil.
Those who believe that Detroit unplugged the electric car are mistaken. Electric cars haven't been sidelined by a cabal to sell internal combustion engines or a lack of political will, but by physics and math. Gasoline contains about 80 times as much energy, by weight, as the best lithium-ion battery. Sure, the electric motor is more efficient than the internal combustion engine, but can we depend on batteries that are notoriously finicky, short-lived and take hours to recharge?
5. The United States lags behind other rich countries in going green.
Over the past three decades, the United States has improved its energy efficiency as much as or more than other developed countries. According to data from the Energy Information Administration, average per capita energy consumption in the United States fell by 2.5 percent from 1980 through 2006. That reduction was greater than in any other developed country except Switzerland and Denmark, and the United States achieved it without participating in the Kyoto Protocol or creating an emissions trading system like the one employed in Europe.
If you want to believe in these and the other myths about green energy and green jobs, you might as well believe that anyone besides Laurence Olivier could do justice to the role of Zeus. In fact, you might as well just believe in Zeus and the Greek pantheon, period.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:51 AM
Where's the ACLU when you need it?
A 30-year-old straight man says he was fired for not being gay, or gay enough, while working at Suzie's Adult Superstore in California, CBS station KOVR-TV reports.
Suzie's Sleazy Superstore has the right to hire and fire whoever they want — as does every other business. However, this is a basic right that our rulers usually ignore.
On a tip from Steve T.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:44 AM
Al Sharpton's expression at the end of this clip is priceless:
Imagine if a conservative accused black women of needing to be taught that they can say no. We'd still be watching the fireworks.
Via The Black Sphere, on a tip from Leslie.
April 24, 2010
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 10:40 AM
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:24 AM
Before the Tea Party, there was the Coffee Klatch — where Ronaldus Maximus tried to warn us what statists intended to do to our country:
Compliments of Leslie.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:04 AM
How much money will Big Government have to expropriate from us to finance "high-risk pools"? Don't ask Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, aka the Abortion Queen — she admits she has no idea:
At least we know this much: it will be a lot more over the next 4 years than the $5 billion that was budgeted. But of course, anyone with more brains than a turnip already knew that every aspect of ObamaCare would end up costing us many times more than originally claimed.
Via Breitbart.tv, on a tip from Milton.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 8:40 AM
Arizona's new illegal immigration
bill law is causing quite a stir among fans of illegal immigration amnesty and foes of "racial profiling" nationwide. President Obama referred to it as "misguided" and representing "irresponsibility" while a liberal Democrat Arizona lawmaker is actually encouraging a boycott of Arizona businesses, as a way to prevent other states from following suit. John "McAmnesty" McCain, on the other hand, has flip-flopped a bit on the issue as part of his brazen shift to the right in a tough re-election bid.
Newsy.com provides a collection of videos and a concise discussion of both sides of the debate, compiled from several cable news outlets.
So let's hear it Patriots and Prog Trolls: did Arizona go too far? Not far enough? Or, just nuke Mexico and be done with the problem once and for all? (Only kidding - blame Canada is what I meant.)
Hat tip: iOwnTheWorld.
April 23, 2010
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:10 PM
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:00 PM
From the network where an anchor wondered how there could be volcanoes in Iceland because it was so cold up there, comes a column by "Environmental Author" Alan Weisman, warning us that Gaia is angry about our carbon spewage, and asking "Is the Earth striking back?"
Both Iceland and the United States exalt democracy as a social achievement worthy of lasting an eternity. Yet the latter's unprecedented strength has derived not just from enlightened government, but from the release of its own hot clouds: exhaust from its vast industries, fleets and mechanized agriculture.
As it does, a volcano awakens in Iceland (with another, larger and adjacent to still-erupting Eyjafjallajokull, threatening to detonate next). The Earth shudders in Haiti. Then Chile. Then western China. Mexicali-Calexico. The Solomon Islands. Spain. New Guinea. And those are just the big ones, 6+ on the Richter scale, and just in 2010. And it's only April.
To the moonbat left, the notion that promiscuous women cause earthquakes is worthy of ridicule, or would be if it weren't a Muslim making the case. But the idea that SUV's cause earthquakes is considered reasonable enough for CNN to put the idea on its website.
Hat Tip: Ace
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:04 PM
Just in case any non-moonbats are clueless enough to take seriously the establishment media's mendacious, irrelevant, and clearly desperate denunciations of Tea Parties as "racist":
It's the liberal ruling class that's obsessed with race. In contrast, Tea Parties are about liberty.
On a tip from Nancz.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 1:49 PM
A Second Navy SEAL has been cleared of charges relating to the alleged nose-punching of the Iraqi terrorist who became a sweetheart to Daily Kos readers after murdering four American contractors in Iraq. ("Screw 'Em!" to quote the exuberant lead Kostard acknowledging the deaths of those Americans.)
Hat Tip: SR
Personally, I think terrorists taken alive should get the treatment Brad Pitt gave to captured Nazis in Inglorious Basterds. But that's just me.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 12:50 PM
A Middle School Principal in Georgia invited a rapper to give a speech at his school, said speech being part of the rapper's "community service" for illegal possession of firearms, which he was not allowed to possess because of his earlier conviction for distributing crack cocaine.
A concerned parent -- who obviously knows nothing about adolescent child development because he didn't go to Teacher College -- didn't think this rapper was a really good role model, and protested to the principal in an email.
"The first e-mail I sent to him was to ask that from now on we have some kind of parental input whether or not a speaker is appropriate. If I don't want my child to be there, just give me the right to opt them out," (the parent) said.(The parent) also wrote in the e-mail, "How about next time, let him mow the grass or pick up the trash around the school grounds? If the kids see that they might understand that what he did was wrong."
This didn't sit too well with the principal, who is, after all, a certified and unionized Educator; before whom all should bow. And he wrote back...
I thought about asking a guy who snorted cocaine and got arrested for DUI when he was 30 to come and speak to our kids, but President George W. Bush was not available.
I cannot improve on Claire @ Knowledge Is Power's rebuttal:
Bush is, now and forever, their all-purpose insulator against criticism. They've convinced themselves that they need never explain or defend themselves in any context outside the former presidency.
Confronted with the challenge of defending the indefensible (which is 90% of their agenda), the progressive left will always resort to personal attacks. Always. But, c'mon. The guy's been out of office for over a year. Move on, already!
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 11:23 AM
Jon Stewart had a great time mocking the Catholic Church for several weeks. Bet he doesn't have the guts to touch this issue and mock Moslems.
Yeah, if only the Catholic Church beheaded its critics and sent suicide bombers to kill non-Catholics; then the Progressive Left would show them some respect.
That was SARCASM! (Because our trolls are too stupid to know otherwise.)
Update: Some are claiming this video of Jon Stewart doing his usual schtick of making faces at the camera while reading some snark off the teleprompter in a sarcastic tone of voice exonerates Cowardly Central because he tells the group that made the threat to F--- off! Well and good, but it doesn't change the fact that the progressive left is indulgent when attacking non-violent religions and cowardly when addressing the world's most violent one.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:57 AM
This isn't exactly news — except possibly to the most gullible Obamunists:
President Obama's health care overhaul law will increase the nation's health care tab instead of bringing costs down, government economic forecasters concluded Thursday in a sobering assessment of the sweeping legislation. … [The Health and Human Services Department] also warned that Medicare cuts may be unrealistic and unsustainable, driving about 15% of hospitals into the red and "possibly jeopardizing access" to care for seniors.
That's what Comrade Obama's own bureaucrats say. To get an idea of just how much damage this insane power grab will do to health care, the economy, and our liberty, wait around a few years, until BHO is safely out of office and the entire monstrosity has gone into effect.
"A trillion dollars gets spent, and it's no surprise — health care costs are going to go up," said Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., a leading Republican on health care issues.
Meanwhile, the most audacious liars among the liberal establishment continue to holler that Chairman Zero is reducing our tax burden, as if the $trillions he's flushed away will magically reappear amid the lint BHO digs out of his navel.
In another flashing yellow light, the report warned that a new voluntary long-term care insurance program created under the law faces "a very serious risk" of insolvency.
As do Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and every other extravagant entitlement our socialist rulers have seen fit to bestow upon us — as well as the federal government itself. When the whole house of cards collapses, we'll see if it turns out as well for the left as Cloward and Piven planned.
On a tip from Michelle.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:35 AM
In addition to being an outrageous waste of money, goofy-looking Priuses make us even more beholden to the communist Chinese:
The electric vehicle movement may move mankind away from relying on one scarce resource, but into relying on another, believes Robert Bryce, author of "Power Hungry: The Myths of 'Green' Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future" (PublicAffairs; 2010). Bryce addressed journalists at the 2010 Toyota Sustainable Mobility Seminar in La Jolla, California detailing the industry's growing addiction to rare earth metals.
Most electric vehicles and hybrids heavily rely on a series of elements called the lanthanides, which rarely occur on Earth, and thus are aptly nicknamed "rare-earth metals". The Toyota Prius, the world's most popular hybrid, for example, uses 2.2 pounds of neodymium and about 22 pounds of lanthanum, in addition to cerium, yttrium, and zirconium. …
One headache for the U.S. is not only that the elements are so scarce, but where they primarily come from. According to an April 1 report, China by the Government Accounting Office, entitled "Rare Earth Materials in the Defense Supply Chain", states, "Most rare earth material processing now occurs in China. In 2009, China produced about 97 percent of rare earth oxides."
When it comes to production sources, there is some hope in the near future, says Bryce. The U.S. does have substantial rare-earth reserves of its own, but it just hasn't exploited them.
That's probably because our moonbat rulers don't approve of exploiting resources, except when it's done behind the bamboo curtain where they can't see it. After all, despoiling the environment defeats the whole purpose of puttering along in a Pious — never mind that Hummers are more eco-friendly.
On a tip from Edward.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 9:15 AM
Andy Stern, former Thug-in-Chief of the SEIU, was an expert at the proven Washington talent of deficit spending. In fact, he deserves an A+ for working above and beyond the call of duty, taking SEIU to new debt highs.
SEIU has seen its liabilities skyrocket during the past decade. The union's liabilities totaled $7,625,832 in 2000. By 2009, they had increased almost by a factor of 16, to $120,893,259. Meanwhile, SEIU's assets barely tripled, growing from $66,632,631 in 2000 to $187,664,763 in 2009. A significant portion of SEIU's current assets are from IOUs from hard-up locals.
SEIU is $85 million in debt, down from its 2008 high of $102 million, and has been forced to lay off employees.
Both of SEIU's two national pension plans, the SEIU National Industry Pension Fund and the Pension Plan for Employees of the SEIU, issued critical-status letters last year. The Pension Protection Act requires any pension fund that is funded below 65 percent of what it needs to pay its obligations to inform its beneficiaries of the deficit.
Given his close ties to the Obama White House (in which he apparently has a standing invitation to stay in the "Purple" room), don't be surprised if Obama raises Stern to a position of power and prominence in the regime. Just the kind of guy we need advising Chairman Zero on matters economic.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:53 AM
It's as if the power-drunk socialists currently in the driver's seat think they'll be there forever. Do they know something the pollsters don't? Now they want to kill the filibuster.
Here's what Dems said in defense of the filibuster just a few years ago, when they were in the minority, and Republicans were considering the "nuclear option" to get judges confirmed:
Dingy Harry Reid:
The need to muster 60 votes in order to terminate senate debate naturally frustrates the majority and oftentimes the minority. I am sure it will frustrate me when I assume the office of majority leader in a few weeks. But I recognize this requirement is a tool that serves the long-term interest of the Senate and the American people and our country.
Charles "Chuckie Shmucky" Schumer:
The basic makeup of our Senate is at stake. The checks and balances that Americans prize are at stake. The idea of bipartisanship, where you have to come together and can't just ram everything through because you have a narrow majority, is at stake. The very things we treasure and love about this grand republic are at stake.
Barack Insane Maobama:
What [the American people] do not expect is for one party, be it Republican or Democrat, to change the rules in the middle of the game so they can make all the decisions while the other party is told to sit down and keep quiet.
Et cetera, ad nauseam. But now, with 41 Republican Senators and a radical left agenda to ram through, they feel differently.
The Senate Rules Committee met on Thursday morning to examine the filibuster rules and decide whether or not the rules should be reformed. Senator Chuck Schumer, New York Democrat and Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, opened the hearing declaring, "filibusters and cloture motions have escalated in recent years to unprecedented levels."
Current trends make it obvious that Republicans will take control of the Senate again in the 2012 if not 2010 elections, at which point they won't have to worry about the filibuster if Dems succeed in destroying it.
Are Dems counting on amnesty or some other means of preventing voters from taking away the power they have so recklessly abused? Or are they totally oblivious not only to our future, but to their own, as they focus like maniacs on inflicting as much damage as possible before voters can put a stop to them? In either case, November 2008 will be regretted for the rest of our history.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:11 AM
In a world run by moonbats, there's a price to be paid for not helping to advance degradation and depravity. The Girl Scouts are on board with the progressive agenda, going so far as to encourage children to have sex and to keep the STDs they spread secret. But the Boy Scouts, not wanting an reenactment of the Catholic priest pedophile scandals, have been reluctant to send little boys out into the woods with noisily homosexual scoutmasters. Hence, the punishment from our liberal masters:
Lawmakers in California, presented with resolutions to honor both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts for the organizations' contributions to America over the generations, adopted the one regarding Girl Scouts but shredded the proposal for the Boy Scouts and ripped into the organization for teaching "hate."
The irony of the lawmakers' refusal to tolerate the Boy Scouts' beliefs in the name of "tolerance" was pointed out in a report by the California Family Council.
In addition to failing to facilitate pederasty, the Boy Scouts also stand accused of not embracing atheism.
In contrast, the Girl Scouts get brownie points for not only accepting but actively promoting depravity:
According to the Associated Press, the majority Democrats added a reference to the Girl Scouts' honor noting that the group has an open-sexual-orientation policy, and Republicans were indignant.
"I just don't understand why this chamber wants to sexualize children," said Assembly member Diane Harkey, a Republican.
Here's why: corruption is the end goal toward which progressives are progressing. Only when we've been reduced to farm animals rutting in the mud when we're not contentedly fattening ourselves on free swill in our fenced-in sties will liberal utopia be achieved.
On a tip from Charlie G.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:40 AM
This year's White House Easter Egg Roll is the perfect paradigm of what the Nanny State wants to do
for to Americans, simply because it knows better than we do.
You might recall that, to the dismay of the young children bursting with enthusiasm about this fun and yummy tradition, this year's event became a "teachable moment" photo op, and therefore
...did not include the distribution of teeth-rotting, obesity-inducing candy. "Every goodie bag," according to one account, "was stuffed with pre-screened fruit, and the grounds were filled with exercise stations." One can only imagine the joy on young faces when they got their apple and their workout.
The Nanny State, with all the "best" of intentions, intends to impose an ObamaCare rationality on Americans who simply do not know any better. It aims to strip us of any and all risk, any and all chance to push down that wellness curve, and ultimately, any and all joy.
The freedom to eat the occasional sweet or even to let our teeth rot if we want is to be replaced with soft tyranny that coldly coddles us as actuaries count the ways Big Government can intervene, protect and neutralize, in the name of Big Society.
But whatever happened to letting life take its course -- with the good, the bad, even the ugly? Well now, that allows too much freedom, doesn't it. To the Nanny State,
...freedom implies some leeway for personal risk and minor, pleasurable foolishness. Democrats in particular seem to be afflicted with Mary Poppins Syndrome: They will not rest until Americans are practically perfect in every way.
And, in the process, they will de-Americanize America into a safe, dull, progressive, tasteless-as-baby-carrots, utopian sameness. This is certainly not what the Founders envisioned. (And they had really awful teeth, too.)
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:00 AM
Good Morning Right-Wing Patriots, Good Morning Left-Wingers with Horrible Skin Problems,
Thursday on South Park, Comedy Central went the extra mile in order to appease the Religion of Peace That Will Blow You and Your Family to Bits if You Dare Suggest They Aren't Peaceful, not only censoring any image of Muhammed, but bleeping over the word Muhammed whenever it appeared in the script.
So, does this mean Mohammed is one of the eight dirty words you can't say on TV? It's in good company.
And the US Army has uninvited the Reverend Franklin Graham from participating in a prayer service at the Pentagon, because his presence offended Muslims. This is the same Army that let an Islamist nutjob psychiatrist preach hate and consort with terrorists until the day he shot up Fort Hood… also because they didn't want to offend Muslims.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:59 AM
If you are one of those people who have trouble believing an idiot who couldn't order a happy meal without a teleprompter could write a book like Dreams From My Father, then, first of all, welcome hail and well met, brother. And second of all, here's some grist for that mill.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:35 AM
Robert Gates was wrong, the administration does have a strategy for dealing with Iran; and Michael Ramirez tells you what it is.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 4:30 AM
As the Obama regime continues to spend our country into oblivion, the realization that this level of spending is unsustainable has even occurred to some administration officials. A value-added tax is a tempting and logical next step for this progressive-socialist regime to consider, even though it would not be an easy budget fix in the slightest. Obamanation may think: Why not break a few "no new middle-class taxes" promises made to a nation that already disapproves of its leadership anyway? Even some conservatives support a VAT in principle. But there are many problems with a VAT that we can learn from our European cousins.
VATs were sold in Europe as a way to tax consumption, which in principle does less economic harm than taxing income, savings or investment. This sounds good, but in practice the VAT has rarely replaced the income tax, or even resulted in a lower income-tax rate.
What's more, VATs rarely stay at their original rate at implementation, as shown below.
In 2008, the average resident of West Virginia, one of the poorest American states, had an income $2,000 a year higher than the average resident of the European Union, according to economist Mark Perry of the University of Michigan, Flint. The price of a much higher tax burden to finance a cradle-to-grave entitlement state in Europe has been a lower standard of living. VAT supporters should explain why the same won't be true in America.
A VAT would not simply replace other taxes, since that would be too easy.
This would be in addition to the tax increases and new taxes imposed already by the Obama Administration, including expiration of the Bush tax cuts for high-earners, an increase in the dividends tax rate, an increase in the capital gains tax rate, and a total of 18 new taxes under the recently-passed health care bill.
Prepare to bend over and open up, Patriots. The VAT is coming. Maybe not this Congress, but it's coming... unless something in Washington seriously changes in 2010 and 2012.
April 22, 2010
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:01 PM
Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:02 PM
Brilliant as ever, George Carlin eviscerates the eco-moonbat lefties who would "save the planet" when they can't even save themselves.
Colorful language warning, but it's just gone late prime time on the east coast. And, well, it's George Carlin.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 5:11 PM
George Will reports on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is working hard to redress some serious wrongs from the tax-and-spend Corzine administration. The financial mess that Christie has had to deal with in his first year has been staggering.
He inherited a $2.2 billion deficit, and next year's projected deficit of $10.7 billion is, relative to the state's $29.3 billion budget, the nation's worst. Democrats, with the verbal tic -- "Tax the rich!" -- that passes for progressive thinking, demanded that he reinstate the "millionaire's tax," which hit "millionaires" earning $400,000 until it expired Dec. 31. Instead, Christie noted that between 2004 and 2008 there was a net outflow of $70 billion in wealth as "the rich," including small businesses, fled. And he said previous administrations had "raised taxes 115 times in the last eight years alone."
So he closed the $2.2 billion gap by accepting 375 of 378 suggested spending freezes and cuts. In two weeks. By executive actions. In eight weeks he cut $13 billion -- $232 million a day, $9 million an hour.
You want government excess? Here's your government excess, says Christie:
Government employees' health benefits are, he says, "41 percent more expensive" than those of the average Fortune 500 company. Without changes in current law, "spending will have increased 322 percent in 20 years -- over 16 percent a year."
Partly to pay for teachers' benefits -- most contribute nothing to pay for their health insurance -- property taxes have increased 70 percent in 10 years, to an average annual cost to homeowners of $7,281.Christie proposes a 2.5 percent cap on annual increases.
Challenging teachers unions to live up to their cloying "it's really about the kids" rhetoric, he has told them to choose between a pay freeze and job cuts.
Christie notes that the $550,000 salary of the executive director of the teachers union is larger than the total cuts proposed for 190 of the state's 605 school districts.
The path to New Jersey's fiscal oblivion was well-paved by years of Democrat corruption and union excesses. Christie has his work cut out for him, but so far, he seems to be doing all the right things.
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:42 PM
You can learn something from anyone. For example, from Rep Barney Frank — Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee — Jason Mattera hopes to learn how to start a brothel:
On a tip from glenwood183.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:07 PM
If you think you have the stomach to watch moonbats celebrate
Lenin's birthday Earth Day (or maybe it's Bacchus Day? Bill Clinton Day?), click here.
As you can see, losing is not an option in the Culture War.
Via iOwnTheWorld, on a tip from Hail The Amberlamps!
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:50 PM
Lewis said to applause that the Tea Party movement, a grassroots movement against big government, was a "bowel movement in my estimation" that is associated with "racism."
Lewis also openly embraced the label "socialist."
Why does it matter what kind of filth and insanity oozes out of this creature's mouth? Because she represents the milieu that produced the community activist currently presiding over our government. A peek at Lewis's Rolodex confirms that she maintains close ties with the Obamination Administration.
But ACORN is dead, they tell us. Not at all. As recently as last week, it was still sending out emails asking for money. Currently it is in the process of decentralizing and rebranding, now that so many people are aware of just how vile an organization Comrade Obama's alma mater really is. But with connections to the very top, ACORN will be with us for awhile, under whatever names, soaking up tax money, eroding liberty, and crowing in delight when citizens have their property expropriated under imminent domain on behalf of ACORN allies.
For those who just can't get enough Bertha:
On tips from Edward, Byron, and Matthew.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 11:58 AM
From the Irony Doesn't Just Involve Wrinkled Laundry Department: the pro-life community just scored a big one in Virginia.
On a 20 to 19 vote, the Democratic-led Senate agreed to an amendment proposed by [Gov. Robert F.] McDonnell (R) that would limit state funding for abortions to those performed in cases of rape or incest or when the life of the mother is at risk. Nothing in state law previously prohibited Medicaid-funded abortions in instances when the health of the mother was in jeopardy.
The beauty of this is the precedent Gov. McDonnell used to lobby for his amendment.
McDonnell argued that his proposal would bring Virginia into line with federal law on the issue, recently restated by an executive order signed by President Obama.
What a topsy-turvy world! We have the most pro-abortion president in history actually setting the stage for arguments against publicly funded abortion at the state level. This could bring about an anti-abortion legislation wave across the nation, especially after the 2010 elections. One wonders whether Obama regrets that disingenuous and utterly meaningless Stupak executive order, a few pieces of silver to secure passage of ObamaCare.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 11:36 AM
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:39 AM
In the nightmare bizarro-world of Hopey Change, America's government is allied with our enemies against our allies. This is why Comrade Obama backed an attempted communist coup in Honduras — and why he may shoot down Israeli jets that try to interfere with Iran's nuclear weapons program.
In a town hall on the campus of West Virginia University, a young Air Force ROTC cadet asked Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen to respond to a "rumor." If Israel decided to attack Iran, the speculation went, those jets would need to fly through Iraqi airspace to reach their targets. That airspace is considered a "no-fly" zone by the American military. So might U.S. troops shoot down the Israeli jets, the airmen asked the chairman, if they breached that airspace?
Mullen's answer: "Quack quack quack equivocate vacillate quack quack quack."
The cadet followed-up: "Would an airman like me ever be ordered to fire on an Israeli — aircraft or personnel?"
Mullen's answer: "Quack quack quack equivocate vacillate quack quack quack." In short, he wouldn't answer.
Does this represent a shift in American policy towards Israel? Some signal that the U.S. would stop an Israeli first strike at the final moment? Probably not. I'd guess this is Mullen trying not to wade further into treacherous waters. But it was interesting to hear America's top military officer decline to knock down the idea that U.S. troops might fire on America's closest ally in the Middle East.
For anyone who has been asleep for the last 40 years, the Iranian terror regime has been at war with the United States since 1979, and in that time has managed to kill quite a few Americans through terror attacks like the Kobar Towers, using cat's paws like Hamas and Hezbollah, and by supplying weapons used to kill our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet it is entirely conceivable that the cancer calling itself our government would attack Israel — an island of relative liberty in a sea of tyranny — on behalf of Iran, effectively to allow Islamic maniacs to acquire nuclear weapons.
It isn't only Israel that will pay the price for the liberal posturing that put a left-wing adolescent in charge of our foreign policy. A single nuclear device exploded over the center of the country would do more damage to the economy even than Cap & Trade, by frying circuits with an electromagnetic pulse, resulting in total economic meltdown. This is why Iran is working busily on its long-range missile program, with help from B. Hussein's partners in peace, Russia and China.
If we all join hands and work together, we can bring about the "destruction of Anglo-Saxon civilization," in keeping with Iran's promises and Chairman Zero's agenda.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:06 AM
Compliments of iOwnTheWorld.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 9:34 AM
A great post at Big Government taps into the extreme wisdom of Alexis de Toqueville, who in the mid-1800s studied American society perhaps more astutely than any historian before or since. Here is just one of his timeless observations:
It would seem that, if despotism were to be established amongst the democratic nations of our days, it might assume a different character; it would be more extensive and more mild; it would degrade men without tormenting them.
It is therefore most especially in the present democratic times, that the true friends of the liberty and the greatness of man ought constantly to be on the alert, to prevent the power of government from lightly sacrificing the private rights of individuals to the general executions of its designs.
Talk about a Nostradamus: de Toqueville had the progressive movement pegged well before Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson were laying the groundwork for FDR, LBJ, and BHO.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:09 AM
According to moonbat ideology, gender is just a social construct, and it's perfectly normal for boys to turn out like Adam Lambert. But in the alternate dimension known among non-liberals as "reality"…
Baby girls make a beeline for dolls as soon as they can crawl — and boys will head for the toy cars, a study has shown.
With no prompting, they will choose the stereotypical toys for their gender.
The findings — the first to show consistent differences in very young babies — suggest there is a biological basis to their preferences.
No kidding. But the lesson our progressive overlords will draw from this is that brainwashing must begin even earlier. This appears to be the reasoning behind a new Al Gore initiative entitled Inconvenient Youth:
Teens who want to make a real difference in the fight against climate change will now have a place to share their pledges, actions and ideas. Inconvenient Youth (www.inconvenientyouth.org), the new teen climate education initiative of The Climate Project, a program of the Alliance for Climate Protection, will launch on Earth Day, April 22. Inconvenient Youth will also enable five teens to participate in The Climate Project's upcoming Our Choice Training with Nobel Laureate and former Vice President Al Gore, to be held in June. The initiative dovetails with the Alliance's Repower America "youth surge" campaign to organize students on college campuses across the country.
Apparently even the Goracle has given up on getting grown adults to believe in the global warming hoax. Next up, when even teens become aware that the authorities have been lying to them: Inconvenient Toddlers. This video — which may actually be on the level — gives an idea of how young Prince Albert already needs to go to find new acolytes gullible enough to drink his snake oil:
Like the Apple computer? It's powered by vegetable oil. No, that's the car. But the Goracle is on the board of militantly moonbatty Apple. By the way, using vegetable oil to power cars is not only insane but unsustainable. But at least it emits CO2, which helps make the crops grow.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:48 AM
Apologists for Chairman Zero claim that Tea Party concerns over taxes are ridiculous. They even claim Obama cut taxes, although when asked to show where tax rates have been reduced for anyone they are reduced to pointing to chump-change tax credits, which are not really tax cuts but a form of wealth redistribution.
Unlike Progressive Lefties, Tea Party Patriots are smart enough to know that trillion dollar deficits and trillion dollar health care entitlements will lead to multi-trillion dollar tax increases, because 1. Democrats won't cut spending, 2. Democrats won't cut spending especially when they are owned body and soul by public employee unions, and 3. Democrats won't cut spending.
Even the AP Admits: Millions face tax increases under Dems budget plan . And even these massive tax increases will do little to close the deficit because without fiscal discipline, spending increases will always outpace tax revenue increases. And the effect of taking trillions of dollars out of a weak economy will not be healthy... try taking two quarts of blood out of an anemic patient and see what happens.
When asked if he could see a potential VAT in this nation, the president said: "I know that there's been a lot of talk around town lately about the value-added tax. That is something that has worked for some countries. It's something that would be novel for the United States."
Yeah, a Stephen King novel. And it's certain the Democrats would love to impose a VAT, but they would also still like to hold a few seats outside of San Francisco, Chicago, and Seattle after the November elections, so they won't impose one just yet.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:14 AM
Bill Gates has made his scholarship fund off limits to white teenagers. The Gates Millennium Scholarship fund is financed by a $1 Billion endowment Bill Gates made in 1999. The fund explicitly denies eligibility to white students.
"Students are eligible to be considered for a GMS scholarship if they: Are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian and Pacific Islander American, or Hispanic American."
But then, from the liberal point of view, it would probably be discriminatory not to exclude Caucasians. So much for that "content of their character not the color of their skin" stuff.
On a tip from SK.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:11 AM
A Navy SEAL accused of punching a terrorist in the nose has been cleared of charges of failing to prevent the "beating." A jury determined that the terrorist
was a lying sack of crap had not proven that any abuse occurred.
The terrorist in question had been involved in the murder of four Americans contractors in 2004, which made him something of a hero at DailyKos, who said of the murdered Americans "Screw 'em!"
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:26 AM
Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:10 AM
The Heritage Foundation has a non-hippy-assed view of protecting the earth:
The left in this country has always considered it "tragic" when people make money in this country, and the plight of the earth is just one of many justifications they have used over the years to demonize free markets. Back in the 70s, President Barack Obama's Director for Science and Technology Policy John Holdren even came up with a formula to measure capitalism's evil impact on the environment: I=PAT, which means that environmental impact is equal to population multiplied by affluence multiplied by technology. Thus according to the left, protecting the planet requires fewer people, less wealth and simpler technology. But this is just flat wrong. In fact, studies clearly show that important indicators of environmental quality actually improve as incomes and levels of consumption go up.
And how do incomes and levels of consumption go up? You said it, Patriot: only through economic freedom.
Specifically, the expansion of trade and the protection of property rights are fundamental to ensuring economic growth and environmental improvement. A recent study from the World Bank reports that freer trade is "a key factor in helping developing countries reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change." And assigning clear property rights for natural resources like the world's fisheries have proven environmental gain.
The Heritage Foundation article is replete with other examples and studies showing how smart capitalism fosters both growing economies and a better-protected environments -- examples that the prog trolls will either utterly ignore or poo-poo on this unholy day of moonbattery.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 5:33 AM
Hah, you thought I was referring to the party in power, those progressive Democrats. Guess again.
Barely 6 1/2 months before the midterm elections, an internal investigation by the Republican National Committee has revealed that the organization is beset with questionable financial management and oversight and is spending more money courting top-dollar donors than it raises.
The investigation found that the Republican Party's national governing body is losing money on its major-donors' fundraising program -- spending $1.09 for each $1.00 raised, according to RNC members privy to the investigation's findings. It typically costs about 40 cents for every dollar raised from donors who give more than $1,000.
It takes the kind of rocket science akin to that of Nancy Pelosi to lose money on fund raising, especially in this economy.
The report says several RNC Finance Department employees have been forging [Finance Director Rob] Bickhart's signature for reimbursement for the purchase of clothing, wine and entertainment expenses, including some that were labeled as office supplies. (Yes, this includes the S&M shows in LA.)
The report also said widespread employee abuse of RNC-provided American Express cards prompted a recommendation at the end of last year that the cards be yanked from all employees and officers except for Mr. Steele and his chief administrative officer, Boyd Rutherford.
There is plenty more in the report to keep most honest Republicans wondering why they would ever support the party directly. If a political party cannot keep its own financial house in order, how can we expect it to be sensible when it comes to choosing and supporting political candidates for the coming election cycles?
Advice to frustrated conservatives who wish to be embarrassed no more by the RNC:
(1) Remember New York 23rd.
(2) Donate directly to candidates or via dedicated, responsible organizations, like Club for Growth, which track key races and support truly conservative candidates.
(3) Spread the word.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:46 AM
The Victim Groups Turn on Each Other Over Who is the Biggest Victim.
Three bisexual men are suing a national gay-athletic organization, saying they were discriminated against during the Gay Softball World Series held in the Seattle area two years ago.
The three Bay Area men say the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance in essence deemed them not gay enough to participate in the series.
I am thinking the way they determined they weren't gay enough was by asking, "Do you watch Glee?" And when they answered. "Yeah, sometimes, but we're not that into it," they were judged "Not Gay Enough."
Hat Tip: AoS HQ.
Update: And in Philadelphia,
Veteran Rep. Babette Josephs (D., Phila.) last Thursday accused her primary opponent, Gregg Kravitz, of pretending to be bisexual in order to pander to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender voters.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:18 AM
The "Free Gaza Movement" -- which supports the Palestinians in their efforts to finish what Hitler started --- have purchased for their Palestinian comrades a decrepit merchant ship which they intend to use to ship
guns, bombs, and rockets cement, paper, and medical equipment to Gaza.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:06 AM
Good Morning Right-Wing Patriots and the Lesser Class of Left-Wing Troll,
MSDNC fluffer Donnie Deutsch made the mistake of including equally obnoxious MSDNC blowhard Keith Olbermann in a video montage of "angry media types." Soon afterward, MSDNC has removed Deutsch from his week long guest-hosting stint.
Keith Olbermann's personal assistant said he was unavailable for comment then excused herself to refill his toilet bowl with rose petals.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:51 AM
Antanas Mockus has come a long way from pulling down his pants and mooning unruly students as a university president and later donning a red cape and yellow tights to pose as "Super Citizen" when he was mayor of Bogota.
He is actually somewhat up in the polls lately. Just pray to whatever god you worship that Arlen Specter and Barbara Boxer don't pick up on this campaign tactic.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:11 AM
... would not do it justice. So, just go over to NRO and read it.
April 21, 2010
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:34 PM
One of the more outrageous lies we're fed by our moonbat overlords is that leftists are peaceful and patriots prone to violence. The truth is the opposite:
If they can convince people that a left-wing maniac like Adolf Hitler was a conservative, maybe they can get someone to believe that moonbats are decent and civil, whereas normal Americans are bloodthirsty fiends. But even with control of the government, the media, and the education establishment, they've got their work cut out for them.
On a tip from Michelle.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:18 PM
It may be up to Israel to save the West from the inevitable nuclear weaponization of Iran. There is every reason for them to believe this, of course.
Some senior Israeli officials say in interviews with the Wall Street Journal that they see signs Washington may be willing to live with a nuclear-armed Iran, an eventuality that Israel says it won't accept.
There is debate within the Israeli security community, however, as to whether Israel should obtain a blessing from the U.S. first before any preemptive strike.
"We don't have permission, and we don't need permission from the U.S.," says Ephraim Sneh, who served as deputy minister of defense under former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. But Maj. Gen. Giora Eiland, a former national security adviser, says Israel wouldn't jeopardize its relationship with the U.S. by launching a military strike against Iran without an American nod.
Question to Maj. Gen. Eiland: with the mistreatment and disrespect dished out to Israel already from President Obama, whatever sort of "relationship" exists between Israel and the U.S.? It seems mighty tenuous, at best. For example: since 2009, the Obama regime has refused every single military request made by Israel. And in March, Chairman Zero left visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sitting in a waiting room while he ran off to dine with family, and then refused the usual photo ops with this visiting head of state. Jocular Joe Biden also dissed Netanyahu while visiting Jerusalem (though some argue that he was 90 minutes late because he ran out of Depends and had to send for them on AirFarce Two).
The profound disrespect that Dear Leader has shown one of our two or so remaining closest allies should be interpreted by Israel as a pretty clear "we don't give an eff about you" by now. Surely, the self-preservation instinct so vital among Israelis will win out in the end, in spite of America. That's tragic, if you think about it. But mostly it's infuriating.
Hat tip: Big Government.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:03 PM
Last year in Malmö, the number of hate crimes against Jews quadrupled in comparison with the preceding year. The grim figures are especially surprising given that, as is usual with hate crimes, many victims do not dare to report them out of fear that doing so might bring on further harassment.
As the same time that this is happening, the city's leading politician, Social Democrat Ilmar Reepalu, maintains that there have been no attacks on Jews and that if Jews wish to leave Malmö for Israel it is not the city's concern.
When the Jewish community arranged a peace demonstration in the town square, participants scattered when left-wing groups, together with Islamist groups armed with glass bottles, eggs, rockets, and Hamas flags, ran them off. The response from Malmö's city hall? None.
And when the Jewish funeral chapel was vandalized? Nothing.
And when burkas marked with the words "Zyklon B" were placed at the Jewish cemetery? Not a word.
And when the synagogue in Helsingborg was set on fire - and when Jewish merchants were harassed? Utter silence.
A dense odor of the 1930s hangs over the streets of Malmö.
On a related note, the Religion of Peace has threatened Matt Stone and Trey Parker with death for their "blasphemous" depiction of Mohammed in a bear suit on last week's episode of South Park, which, ironically, was about how Mohammed is the only figure in the world that can't be criticized .
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:01 PM
Sarah Palin's daughter testified Wednesday against a former college student charged with breaking into her mother's e-mail account, saying she got anonymous phone calls and hundred of text messages after her cell phone number was posted online.
"There was one that really scared me," Bristol Palin testified in federal court. She said she was concerned when a bunch of boys called, claiming they were at her front door and needed to be let in.
Harassing phone calls to Sarah Palin's kids. Stay classy, progressive left. Stay classy.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:35 PM
As Nasty Pelousy promised, now that they've passed the nearly 3,000-page assault on liberty known as ObamaCare, we can try to find out what's in it. This diagram should help us make sense of the first 20 pages:
Compliments of Jim M.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 12:30 PM
Friday night is "Game Night" at the MaryHunter household. I can't wait for the week to end, so we can dig up some old Obama speeches on the web and play a few rounds with the kids.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:01 PM
If you've noticed that socialism is emasculating, you won't be surprised by this tale of terror from Britain's socialized healthcare:
A patient lost a testicle during an operation because the surgeon cut it off by mistake, a General Medical Council (GMC) hearing has been told.
Dr Sulieman Al Hourani was only supposed to cut out a cyst, but removed the whole right testicle instead.
The reason British doctors have names like Sulieman Al Hourani is that it isn't worth it to go through the rigors of medical school just to become a government slave. So they import doctors from the Third World. Fortunately, most don't try to car bomb airports.
Al Hourani is also accused of injecting himself with drugs meant for patients. But don't worry, he's back in Jordan now.
Sarah Prichard, counsel for the GMC, said the mistake was made as a nurse helping the surgeon turned her back to get a stitch.
When she turned around the testicle had been removed.
If they start cutting them both off under ObamaCare, we'll know it isn't a mistake, but the latest population control scheme by BHO's Science Czar John Holdren.
On a tip from Scott.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:10 AM
Here's an alarming indication of where the explosive growth of Big Government is heading: bureauweenies want to know what you've been buying at Amazon.
Amazon has filed suit against a US state agency that is demanding the online retailer turn over not only the sales records of nearly 50 million transactions since 2003, but also the names and addresses of the purchasers, along with details of exactly what they bought.
The North Carolina Department of Revenue (DOR) is investigating Amazon for compliance with sales tax law. All well and good, says Amazon in its filing in the US District Court of the Western District of Washington, but: "All [the DOR] needs to know is what items Amazon sold to North Carolina customers and what they paid, and Amazon has already provided that information to the DOR," the filing reads.
But the DOR wants more — it wants to know exactly what books and video individual North Carolinians bought. And Amazon isn't buying it: "If Amazon is forced to comply with this demand, the disclosure will invade the privacy and violate the First Amendment rights of Amazon and its customers on a massive scale."
Sales records are one thing, says Amazon. "But the DOR has no business seeking to uncover the identity of Amazon's customers who purchased expressive content, which makes up the majority of the nearly 50 million products sold to North Carolina residents during the audit period, let alone associating customers' names and addresses with the specific books, music, and video content that they have purchased during the past seven years."
Amazon also notes in the filing that: "The DOR's actions threaten to chill the exercise of customers' expressive choices and to cause Amazon customers not to purchase certain books, music, movies or other expressive material from Amazon that they might otherwise purchase if they did not fear disclosure of those choices to the government."
Information is power, especially in the Information Age. This is why seizing control of medical information is a prime feature of healthcare reform. Every detail of your life that your rulers can acquire is leverage over you.
Kudos to Amazon for putting up some resistance. If big companies showed enough sense to put their self-interest ahead of moonbattery more often, we'd stand a better chance of fending off the creeping totalitarianism known among liberals as Hope & Change.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:35 AM
Bumped and updated with more contact info
Fox News reports that Tea Partiers have taken the high road, not wanting middle school teacher Jason Levin to lose his job, but only to be subjected to humiliating liberal-style sensitivity training. Considering that this moonbat, who loudly denounces patriots as "racists, homophobes, and morons," apparently conducts his vile activities on the taxpayer's dime, you may feel differently.
Levin, a media lab teacher at Conestoga Middle School, was placed on leave last week pending the conclusion of an investigation by the Beaverton School District into whether he used school hours or computers to work on his anti-Tea Party website, and if his political activity was appropriate behavior for a teacher of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.
He is also being investigated by his state's teachers licensing agency, which was inundated with complaints after his incendiary statements became front page news.
In recent weeks, Levin announced his intention to embarrass Tea Partiers by attending their rallies dressed as Adolf Hitler, carrying signs bearing racist, sexist and anti-gay epithets and acting as offensively as possible — anything, he said, short of throwing punches.
About what you would expect from a progressive infil-traitor. But there's more:
Levin called on his supporters to collect the Social Security numbers — among other personal identifying information — about as many Tea Party supporters as possible at the numerous rallies that took place last Thursday.
"The more data we can mine from the Tea Partiers, the more mayhem we can cause with it!!!!" he wrote.
Here's a little data that might come in useful to anyone tired of paying to have vermin like Levin brainwash their children:
Conestoga Middle School
Principal Zan Hess
12250 SW Conestoga Dr.
Beaverton, OR 97008
Contact info for Beaverton School Board members can be found here.
On tips from Edward.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:17 AM
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 21, 2010 — Los Angeles actor, D.C. Douglas, says he was dropped from the upcoming GEICO "Shocking News" campaign after a group of Tea Party members harassed him and the insurance giant over a private voicemail the actor left for FreedomWorks. Matt Kibbe, President and CEO of FreedomWorks, posted Mr. Douglas' cell phone number in a blog post on biggovernment.com, instructing readers to "Feel free to contact (him)… call his employer too. Let them know that you… are now in the market for car insurance." The next day, GEICO held auditions to replace Mr. Douglas' voice on the campaign.
The press release portrays Douglas as a put-upon victim, who couldn't help but speak out after choosing to believe the established lie that Tea Partiers directed racial slurs at leftist Congresscrumbs.
It's nice to see that there are limits to the moonbattery even at GEICO, which is a subsidiary of zillionaire Obamunist Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway, and which is participating in the attempt to silence Glenn Beck with a boycott.
Now Douglas wants revenge on FreedomWorks, but he's too cheap to lay out any money, so he's calling for left-wing lawyers who want to take the case pro bonehead.
To get an idea of what a classy guy Douglas is — and what establishment liberals like Anderson Cooper and Rep John Conyers mean when they call patriots "teabaggers" — check out this non-explicit yet disgusting image from his website, via Three Fingers of Politics.
Here's audio of the charming phone message that got Douglas in trouble.
Don't waste any tears on him; in the long run, his obnoxious contempt for normal Americans will no doubt advance his career in Hollywood.
On a tip from Oiao.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:18 AM
Nothing could be more profoundly self-destructive than moonbattery, as shockingly demonstrated by Arizona Congresscrumb Raul Grijalva, who wants the rest of the country to boycott his own state to punish it for trying to do something about the illegal immigration crisis.
An Arizona congressman urged businesses on Tuesday to boycott his state if the governor signs into law a bill to make illegal immigration a state offense.
Rep. Raul Grijalva, a Democrat, said businesses need to punish the state if the bill becomes law as a way of making sure no other states follow suit.
"Do not do business with the state," Mr. Grijalva said at a press conference on the Capitol grounds in Washington.
Arizona's economy is already in the tank, thanks to unsustainable spending (initiated by the hapless dork now heading the DHS), and the collapse of the housing market (initiated by liberals forcing banks to make bad loans based on race). But Democrats could never cause enough damage to make them rest on their laurels and give us a chance to recover.
Meanwhile, Rasmussen reports on how the public feels about the law Grijalva wants us punished for:
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 70% of likely voters in Arizona approve of the legislation, while just 23% oppose it.
I guess screeching the term "racial profiling" over and over again on the local news isn't as persuasive as our treasonous liberal overlords had hoped.
Further bad news for Grijalva — and for Lettuce McCain:
Eighty-three percent (83%) of Arizona voters say a candidate's position on immigration is an important factor in how they will vote…
Arizona is doomed if something is not done to stop its colonization by Mexico's criminal class, and by now everyone knows that the quislings running the federal government are on the reconquistadors' side. We also know that McStain's deathbed conversion to border security is as phony as BHO's smile. Go J.D. Hayworth, who is running against McMaverick in the primary. Whether there's any hope in Grijalva's 7th District remains to be seen; demographically, it has already become essentially an extension of Mexico.
On tips from Czuch and Varla. Hat tip: PapaTodd.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:28 AM
Addressing a gathering of "Young Social Democrats" at a New York High School. Long story short, she says socialism is great, and America in 2010 is worse than the South under (Democrat-imposed) Jim Crow, that "they are coming after after you, and they are going to be brutal and repressive" and "this is not rhetoric, or hyperbole."
We should get her on the Ed Schultz Show, because that would a laff riot!
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:49 AM
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:09 AM
The progressive left is really melting down. Wonder why that could be. They won the health care takeover. They won the stimulus. Their messiah won the Nobel Peace Prize. They have unchecked governmental power.
They don't seem to be too happy, though.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:46 AM
But when squishy Republican moderates have to run against more conservative challengers, well that sounds like something out of the Soviet Union under Stalin!
(MATTHEWS) "Republican purge. Arlen Specter is out. John McCain, Charlie Crist and Robert Bennett are all being threatened on the right. Is this anyway to run a party or run it into the ground?
MATTHEWS: Coming up what happens to Republicans who don't march to the right wing tune? Well they're getting purged. This is Stalinesque, this stuff.
Yeah, because conservatives challenging moderates is exactly the same is starving 20,000,000 Ukrainians to death and shooting dissidents in the back of the head.
Chrissy claims to be concerned that these conservative challengers will drive people away from the Republican Party. Raise your hand if you really think Chrissy Matthews has the best interests of the Republican Party at heart.
I said "hand" not "finger."
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:52 AM
Following up on the NYC Doorman's Strike, apparently catastrophe has been averted, and sophisticated New Yorkers will be spared the horrors of "sorting mail, screening visitors, hauling garbage out to the curb and operating elevators," --- things us idiot rubes in flyover country manage to do pretty well on our own.
William A. Jacobson at Legal Insurrection sees another opportunity to correct a social inequality here. Why do New Yorkers have doormen to do these menial tasks for them while the rest of America is forced to do it ourselves. By golly, we need Comprehensive Doorman Reform.
We could call such legislation The Apartment Protection and Affordable Door Person Act.
I see another advantage. Providing every American with a doorman would create jillions of jobs! We can write the law so that everyone over $250,000 a year is required to hire a doorman, and everyone else will have one provided by the Government. After all, if we're so rich we can afford to give everybody health care, everybody a college education, and have enough left over to bailout Wall Street and the unionized bureaucrats of New York, Illinois, and California... surely we can provide everyone in the USA with a doorman.
After all, according to the progressive left, a "right" is defined as "something someone else has that I want even if I haven't earned it," (e.g. health care coverage, tourism, same-sex marriage). Therefore, if enough people want personal doormen, it becomes a "right."
I'm going to name mine "Timmy."
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:31 AM
Deepak Chopra is a charlatan mystic who has a large following among celebrities and rich dingbats of the "spiritual but not religious" variety who are drawn by his promises of spiritual validation without all that Christian buzzkill about faith, charity, and striving to become a better person.
Deepak's son Gothan runs a Holistic Healing Center where rich sick people can come to get quack treatments. Greg Gutfeld of Fox News has denounced this quackery, earning the enmity of Gotham Chopra, who wrote him a letter, protesting Gutfeld's unfair and judgmental dismissal of the Chopra Center's quack medical treatment. Gutfeld publishes the letter, and his response on Big Hollywood, and it's teh awesome.
Read the whole thing, but here's a taste.
Goth, for ten years I worked in health mags, so I can smell new age clap trap a mile away. I know what catch phrases like "holistic" and "healing" mean. They mean "Pay me tons of cash for crap that does nothing but make you poor." And believe me I don't want to talk to anyone who's dumb enough to fork out thousands at the Chopra Center. Chances are they will show me pictures of their cat's aura, while drinking their own urine.
This is my personal favorite line:
Social disparity, injustice, intolerance! Jingoism! Someone's trying to impress ditzy co-eds at the coffee shop! Come on Goth, you're rich! You don't need those tired lines from the hippy handbook. Although I admit they do work on psych majors. Look, I might have taken you seriously if you hadn't bragged that you've been to 35 of the 50 United States. What are you, in seventh grade? You collecting magnets for your refrigerator? Besides, you've never been to America until you've been to Toronto.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:22 AM
Once again, do as they say, not as they do.
Gov. John Lynch fired the state liquor commissioner on Monday after the commissioner was charged with driving while intoxicated.
The previous Liquor Commissioner is under investigation for corruption; and is receiving the worst punishment a bureaucrat can get --- fully-paid administrative leave.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:43 AM
Gd Morning Right-Wing Patriots and Left-Wing Whackadoodles,
Gateway Pundit has an all-you-can-eat buffet of leftist nuttery (and a couple of "Yea for our side" items) this morning, so I am just going to summarize it here. And you should thank me for it, like you should thank BO for his (snicker) "tax cuts."
Any way, we got left-wing haters shouting down Karl Rove because they hate him. (I don't like the guy either, but I don't obsess over it.)
We got Cardinal Roger Mahoney of Los Angeles --- America's answer to Rowan Williams --- comparing enforcement of our immigration laws to ... wait for it... Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. (He knows that his big ugly cathedral would be empty without illegal immigrants filling the pews.)
And finally, my personal favorite, the future Mayor of Chicago farts on PBS.
You can see how I couldn't choose just one.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 3:00 AM
Of the small but growing number of conservative Hollywood celebs who are brave enough to speak out, Kelsey Grammer is certainly one of the most entertaining. Here's his pitch for the upcoming RightNetwork.com -- All That's Right With the World.
April 20, 2010
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:04 PM
In a world rotted through with moonbattery, this is what passes for an Ivy League professor — Princeton's Cornel West performs his vaudeville act at an amnesty rally:
I hope everyone up front had umbrellas to keep the spittle away.
Via WND, on a tip from Dystopic PC.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:00 PM
It looks like even Shrillary has been swept up in the resurgence of patriotism that has risen to meet Comrade Obama's campaign to bring down our great country. Put some cotton in your ears — here she comes to the defense of Tea Partiers:
On a tip from AtomicLibSmasher.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:32 PM
Not even cold gloomy weather could dampen the spirits at the Tea Party in Albany last week:
I'm sure B. Hussein would look very handsome in a coat of tar and feathers.
On a tip from Salvatore.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 5:59 PM
In San Francisco, the most freaking liberal big city in the United States, crime is down so far this year -- as long as you're not counting rapes or robberies or homicide.
The bottom line at Chief George Gascon's news conference today was that crime dropped 13 percent in the first quarter of this year compared with last year.
But turn off the slide projector and look at the rapes, robberies and homicides not featured on the big screen. All were higher in the first three months of 2010 than during the same time last year.
Rape was up 33 percent, from 33 incidents last year to 44 this year. Robbery was up 13 percent, from 744 to 844. Homicides were up 9 percent, from 11 to 12.
Maybe if Nancy Pelosi retired from Congress she could help Chief Gascon on those nasty numbers by just taking over the city crime stats division and doing what she does best: brazenly lie and distort data.
Hat tip: Rush.
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:54 PM
Few moonbats are more annoying than the reigning master of the "aren't-I-cute" smirk, Jonathan Leibowitz, aka Jon Stewart — so it was a pleasure to watch Bernie Goldberg blow gaping holes in his tiresome shtick:
So that's why liberal elite phonies like Leibowitz so often have mouths like toilets. They think it makes them "edgy." Oops, I generalized.
On a tip from Incitatus. Hat tip: NewsBusters.
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:06 PM
Eat this, moonbat ankle-biters:
After the November tide sweeps him into office, the liberal establishment is really going to hate countermoonbat Congressman Allen West. He won't let them pretend it's about race, when the issue is clearly liberty versus tyranny.
On a tip from Nancz.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:36 PM
As we watch the corporatist kabuki theater play out between Comrade Obama and his crony capitalist financiers at Goldman Sachs, there is one fact everyone ought to keep in mind:
Campaign contributions from Goldman Sachs employees to President Obama are nearly seven times as much as President Bush received from Enron workers, according to numbers on OpenSecrets.org.
When you take into account the fortunes Goldman Sachs heaped upon BHO's current underling Shrillary, who had been the favorite to get the nomination,
It would be fair to say that the total amount the Obama administration has received from those affiliated with Goldman Sachs is ten times that of what Bush received from Enron.
Yet W's contributions from Enron were supposedly a scandal.
When the phony song and dance of the coordinated White House/SEC/DNC/liberal media attack on this bloated bailout beneficiary is over, "finance reform" will have given us another hard shove toward socialism, Goldman Sucks will have even more money, B. Hussein will have even more power, and Americans will have even less of the freedom we need if we're ever to climb out of the hole our corrupt and authoritarian rulers are digging.
On a tip from J.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:36 PM
Someone call the ACLU — Government Motors has breached the sacred wall between Church and State:
In what organizers said was the first event of its kind in the area, Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit teamed up Sunday with GM and the GM Minority Dealers Association to offer churchgoers a chance to test drive more than a dozen cars.
As congregants left the northwest side church at 1 p.m., Pastor Charles Adams said the idea of Ride and Drive was to demonstrate GM's commitment to minority causes, its employment of thousands of local African Americans and to encourage churchgoers to buy a new GM car.
"Americans now must support American-made products," Adams said outside the church with Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, a longtime member. "We are encouraging our church members to take care of their community by buying locally. This is an ethical purpose that is beyond profit."
After a cruise in a shiny maroon 2010 Chevy Camaro, Indira Murray was all smiles.
"It's a beautiful car," the 38-year-old Detroit resident said. "I love it. When I get a job, I might get one."
Why wait to get a job? Hopey Change beats employment anytime. Remember the race-based loans that allowed people who could not afford houses to buy them anyway? They were a product of the Community Reinvestment Act, which the world's most famous community activist used to club banks into making bad loans when he worked as a lawyer for ACORN. Now that this same community activist is essentially CEO of GM, look for its cars to get a whole lot more affordable for his base. As with the collapsed housing market caused by CRA, the rest of us will pick up the tab.
On a tip from Eric.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:23 AM
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:36 AM
The grotesque excesses of nanny state authoritarianism on display in petty tyrant fiefdoms like Michael Bloomberg's New York are only a foretaste of what we'll all have to live under if moonbattery is not turned back.
The Food and Drug Administration says it will consider a new call Tuesday to force food makers to gradually cut the salt hidden inside their products … the prestigious Institute of Medicine said the food industry hasn't done enough to voluntarily cut back. Echoing earlier calls from the American Medical Association and other health groups, the IOM urged the government to set maximum sodium levels for different foods in a stepped rollback — so that eventually, the average consumption would drop by about half a teaspoon.
That's about one third our average intake. The plan is to impose a gradual reduction so that we won't notice that our food doesn't taste good anymore— a perfect metaphor for the creeping totalitarianism that calls itself liberalism.
The FDA hasn't decided whether to regulate sodium levels, but "no options are off the table," said spokeswoman Meghan Scott.
Supposedly suppressing salt will make the minority with high blood pressure less likely to suffer the sort of health problems that are also caused by overweight and inactivity. If the government can tell you how much salt you can eat, it can also tell you how much you can weigh and how many jumping jacks you need to do in front of your Telescreen every morning.
On a tip from Franco. Hat tip: The Blogprof.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:00 AM
Under socialism, there's no point to anything and nothing much to do but get drunk and goof around, but don't try operating a 4-mph electric Barbie car in front of your house while you're under the influence in the absurd nanny state dystopia known as Airstrip One, or you'll end up busted, like 40-year-old Paul Hutton of Clacton-on-Sea. Details of the case:
• Hutton was found to be twice the legal limit for blood alcohol content
• The police pulled him over while he was driving the car
• Upon laying down the law, the judge in question said, ""The vehicle is not even capable of doing the speed of a mobility scooter and could be outrun by a pedestrian"
• Hutton on the subject: "Originally, it was a pink Barbie car. I put larger wheels on it, but it's not fast." He has also admitted to being "a complete twit"
• The car, naturally, was pink; Hutton had been working on it as part of a project with one of his sons
• The car was impounded by the police, but Hutton wants it back.
On a tip from Mark L.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:27 AM
Funny thing about politics: you can be a conservative and be all woman, but how can you be a moonbat and be any kind of man? Germany's Green Party offers a glimpse of what progressives think you should be instead:
A new manifesto from the German Green Party aims to banish macho men for good. … "We no longer need to be macho!" is the title of their manifesto which deals with "equality and male feminism."
Male feminism. This is why liberals want us to be more like Europe.
The signatories include several Green politicians from the European parliament, the German Bundestag as well as local Green leaders. "We no longer want to be macho," it declares, "we want to be people. You are not born a man, you are turned into one."
The manifesto calls on men to break out of traditional gender roles. Apparently "equality" will only be achieved when we've all embraced our inner Alan Alda.
But being a wimp isn't enough; the progressive she-man of the future must be a useless wimp.
"We want to live differently!" writes [Sven] Lehmann, a senior member of the North Rhine-Westphalia branch of the party, and the European parliamentarian Albrecht. They appeal for a slower pace of life, less focus on profit and more health consciousness. They want to start holding "Boys' Days and gender-sensitive career-guidance sessions."
"Interest in mechanical engineering is not something we are born with," they say.
As opposed to gender oppression studies, which moonbats of all genders find inherently worthwhile.
Once again we see that liberals won't be content to destroy our liberty and our prosperity. They want to destroy everything else that makes us worthy of respect.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 8:59 AM
Say it ain't so: The Barack Obama White House, caught making funny with jobs counts again? A little known fact about math is that you can always make any "change" look like a change for the better if you just tweak your original baseline estimates and pretend no one will notice. Observe:
[T]o justify the Administration's current claim of 2.8 million jobs "created or saved" by stimulus, they need to also claim that without that stimulus there would be only 126.9 million jobs. That's exactly what they do, displayed as the "baseline projection" level in the graphic below from an April 14, 2010 report:
However, in their original January 2009 report used to justify Porkulus, they claimed that, with no Porkulus bill, there would be 133.9 million jobs. How did they come out with a net 2.8 million stimulus jobs? Easy: revisionism.
Step 1: How many jobs does the Administration currently claim there would be, without stimulus?
129.7 million Current number of U.S. jobs
- 2.8 million Jobs currently claimed to be "created or saved"
126.9 million Jobs the Administration currently claims there would be without stimulus
Step 2: How does that compare with the number of jobs the Administration used to say there would be without stimulus?
133.9 million January 2009 projection of jobs without stimulus
- 126.9 million Current claim of jobs without stimulus
= 7 million Jobs removed from the Administration "baseline" to justify their latest stimulus job creation claims
This is par for the course if you belong to a regime of socialist liars intent on doing whatever it takes to convince the American people that your extremist policies are actually helping create jobs in this dismal economy.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:38 AM
The staggeringly greedy criminal racket known as public education has gotten so far out of control in the state that gave us Comrade Obama that taxpayers are on the hook for $1 BILLION in pension liability for just the top 100 educrats. But at least the teachers unions have figured out how to pay for it all — by raising taxes, of course. That's why they're taking a day off from telling children about the evils of economic freedom tomorrow so they can be bused into Springfield to demand the government confiscate more of other people's money to keep their platinum-plated pensions afloat.
Up to 15,000 citizen lobbyists [i.e., union members] are expected to descend on the Capitol on Wednesday to rally for a tax increase to help fix the state's crippling budget. …
Roughly 2,000 of the participants will be teachers representing the Illinois Federation of Teachers, spokesman David Comerford said. …
The group making its way to the Capitol is rallying behind House Bill 174, a controversial measure that would increase the individual income tax rate and expand the state's sales tax base.
Unions are infamous for being so pathologically greedy that they will eat everything in sight, even if it means bankrupting everyone, themselves included. But surely Illinois' leadership recognizes that they can't keep hiking taxes indefinitely. Then again…
Many Democrats, however, are calling for the tax increase, including Gov. Pat Quinn, who wants a 33 percent income tax increase to help fund proposed education cuts.
"We cannot cut ourselves out of a $13 billion budget deficit," said state Rep. Pat Verschoore, D-Milan. "I do believe we need to raise taxes. I do believe, though, there should be sunset because things are going to get better."
Not if our rulers keep raising taxes during a recession, they aren't. But liberals will counter that if you don't like being reduced to slave status so that useless educrats can live like movie stars, you don't care about the children.
On a tip from Air2air.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:17 AM
Let's cut Dear Leader a little slack on this one, shall we? So what if our esteemed president chose to take those suspended flights due to the Icelandic volcano as an opportunity to hit the links for the 32nd time in his presidency? Besides, feigning interest in the well-being of former Eastern European countries is so jejune. They're so much more useful as pawns to offer up to Moscow, as the United States kowtows its way into oblivion as an economic and military superpower.
Working on manning up that swing is probably the one thing with which Chairman Zero should be spending even more time. As observed by a Washington Examiner OpEd writer:
My regular foursome gives Obama a double bogey on policy but is happy to see him on the links. They point to the moral lessons offered by the royal and ancient game.
As former California Gov. George Deukmejian observed, "The difference between golf and government is that in golf you can't improve your lie."
Another positive: the longer Obama is hacking away at balls, the less he's hacking away at the underpinnings of our nation.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:02 AM
A senior Iranian Islamic cleric has issued a decree stating that earthquakes are caused by promiscuous women.
"Many women who do not dress modestly ... lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes," Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi was quoted as saying by Iranian media.
"What can we do to avoid being buried under the rubble?" Sedighi asked during a prayer sermon Friday. "There is no other solution but to take refuge in religion and to adapt our lives to Islam's moral codes."
Remember, Iran's Government is run by Senior Muslim Clerics whom Chairman Zero's Regime believes are completely sane, responsible people who can be trusted with nuclear weapons and should be negotiated with as though they were civilized.
Besides which, the notion that promiscuous women cause Earthquakes is silly. Everyone knows earthquakes are caused by Global Warming.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:54 AM
It has been nearly two decades since New Yorkers faced their last doorman strike, but as the deadline for a new contract for building workers approached, the questions being posed throughout the city remained largely unchanged on Sunday.
Who will safeguard my apartment as I sleep? Greet my children when they come home from school? Accept deliveries? Clean the hallways? Sort the mail? Operate the elevator? And who, for goodness sake, will let the cleaning lady in?
Just don't call them elitists. They don't like that.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:39 AM
Salt Lake City's mayor addressed a "Bike Summit" in support of making his city more "Bike-friendly" because, you know, bikes are all environmental and stuff.
His bike was stolen at the event.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:22 AM
Some guy wrote a book about his love affair with a dolphin back in the 1970s (the pre-Obama highwater mark of moonbat culture in America). At one time, it would have shocked me. Now, it just makes me wonder how far away we are from moonbats demanding inter-species marriage rights. After all, as the troll who labels himself "stupidity from the shallow end of the gene pool" put it, we're nothing but animals anyway. So, what's the big deal?
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 2:32 AM
Chairman Zero's mainstream media fluffers — especially Chris Matthews who is on his seventh or eighth pair or presidential knee-pads — were apoplectic when Rush Limbaugh began referring to "the Obama Regime."
Chris Matthews appeared deeply troubled by the word. "I've never seen language like this in the American press," he said, "referring to an elected representative government, elected in a totally fair, democratic, American election — we will have another one in November, we'll have another one for president in a couple years — fair, free, and wonderful democracy we have in this country…. We know that word, 'regime.' It was used by George Bush, 'regime change.' You go to war with regimes. Regimes are tyrannies. They're juntas. They're military coups. The use of the word 'regime' in American political parlance is unacceptable.
Glenn Beck did a little fact-checking. How often did the press refer to "the Bush Regime?" Oh, only somewhere north of 6,000 times.
"The term "regime" was used 6,500 times to refer to the Bush Administration since January 20, 2001. The host (Joe Klein) was talking to (Chris Matthews) used the term "regime" to describe Bush and Heilemann himself used regime to describe the Obama Administration at least four times. So, I'm trying to figure out how they can use the word regime and it's not a problem and Rush uses it."
The media seem to be playing this childish little game that no one ever criticized a president until Obama was elected and the only people that play hardball politics are Republicans. The detachment from reality is phenomenal, but that's what happens when you stop being a news organization and start being a PR firm for the Democrat party; a party that is only concerned about "civility" when they are the ones in power.
April 19, 2010
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:50 PM
Comrade Obama, who recently smirked that he is "amused" by the hundreds of thousands who have protested in outrage at what he is doing to our country, isn't the only one of our rulers who has a low opinion of us. Here the corrupt Chairman of House Judiciary Committee John Conyers repeatedly uses an extremely vulgar homosexual epithet while denouncing Tea Partiers:
In a display of hypocrisy so far over the top you can hardly believe it isn't some kind of parody, Conyers accuses "teabaggers" of using profanity. Then he echoes a certain Marxist punk's sentiments that we ought to be grateful for the boot Big Government has been grinding in our faces.
We are subjected to this abuse by a conspicuously cognitively challenged Congresscrumb who has admitted that he doesn't bother to read the bills he votes into law because he wouldn't understand them anyway.
A kakistocracy is bad enough. We live under an insolent kakistocracy.
Via Breitbart.tv, on a tip from Milton.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:20 PM
Monday April 19th saw yet another march on Washington, this time by proud patriots petitioning our elected officials for respect of the Second Amendment and against anti-gun legislation.
These pictures are courtesy of Patriot Tim, who has done double duty this week between this and the DC Tea Party event.
For more information, visit the Second Amendment March website.
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:41 PM
That's what the personification of America's self-imposed decline has to say to his subjects:
Quoth the Moonbat Messiah:
American consumers are just not going to be in the same position and the American government is not going to be in the same position that it's been in over the last several years.
That is, we won't be in a position to buy so many imports. Our position will be on our knees begging the Chicoms to buy more of our debt. Unless patriots manage to take control of the country and reverse its current course.
Via Gateway Pundit, on tips from J and Milton.
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:35 PM
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:26 PM
Once again, Airstrip One illustrates what we have to look forward to as petty tyrant bureaucrats consolidate control of our healthcare industry:
A woman with crippling back pain who has been waiting months for an operation was removed from the NHS waiting list because she had a private consultation.
Breast cancer survivor Jenny Whitehead was told by her NHS trust in December last year that she would have to wait five months before she could see an orthopaedic surgeon after a scan revealed a cyst on her spine.
Having suffered back pain since 2008 and unable to face months of waiting in pain, she decided to pay £250 for a private session with the same doctor the following week.
He assured the 64-year- old retired museum assistant that he would add her to his NHS waiting list for an operation to have the growth removed.
But she was shocked when Bradford and Airedale NHS Trust told her she had been taken off the waiting list because her private consultation disqualified her from any further NHS treatment under that referral.
The trust said she must pay for the £10,000 surgery herself, or go back to her GP for another referral to the same surgeon on the NHS, and face a further 18-week wait for an appointment.
This after, like all British subjects, she has already paid dearly for her healthcare through extravagant taxation.
There is a reason our forefathers were willing to risk everything to resist tyranny. Living under it is no fun. Neither is dying under it, as we'll learn when the healthcare rationing begins.
On a tip from Lyle.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 1:30 PM
Talk about President Audacity: Dear Leader Obama, invoking a conservative think tank to promote ObamaCare? The Heritage Foundation spoke out in a Washington Post OpEd against Chairman Zero's claim to have borrowed ideas from them that were either never theirs in the first place, or that were so dated and taken out of context as to be comical.
Think tank analysts usually brim with pride when the president of the United States goes around claiming that his policies are based on their work. But when President Obama tries to sell his health-care law as a moderate approach that borrows ideas developed by the Heritage Foundation, we get incensed.
The Obama health-care law "builds" on the Heritage health reform model only in the sense that, say, a double-quarter-pounder with cheese "builds" on the idea of a garden salad. Both have lettuce and tomato and may be called food, but the similarities end there.
This is why we at the Heritage Foundation respectfully ask President Obama and his acolytes to stop misrepresenting our research. We think this massive health law is abominable and should be repealed. And until Congress repeals it, lawmakers should starve this monstrosity of taxpayer funds.
Pretty soon, Obama will not just ask the Tea Partiers to thank him, but will convince a portion of the electorate that he actually has incorporated some Tea Party Revolt ideas into his latest policy scheme.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:48 PM
As Ann Coulter has observed, you can easily determine what Democrats are furtively up to — it's whatever they're accusing patriots of doing. When the Tea Party phenomenon first began to explode, Nasty Pelousy and others denounced it as astroturf — an astonishing lie, considering that there has never been a more genuine mass grassroots movement. You could only conclude that our moonbat rulers would soon be caught astroturfing themselves. Sure enough:
Writing on January 15, 2010, Glenn Greenwald at Salon noted Barack Obama's new head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Cass Sunstein, had championed creating fake websites and using outside 501(c)(3) interest groups to act as alleged independent champions of government policy and to "cognitively infiltrate" opposition websites, etc.
In other words, Cass Sunstein has favored the government using outside parties as government propaganda agents to paint their opposition as fringe and undermine their credibility. Kind of like what has been happening with the tea party movement — lots of SEIU members pretending to be tea party activists causing violence in front of TV cameras.
Sunstein advocates that the Government's stealth infiltration should be accomplished by sending covert agents into "chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups." He also proposes that the Government make secret payments to so-called "independent" credible voices to bolster the Government's messaging
Considering Sustein's recommendations, it is not far removed to speculate the Obama administration is behind a new anti-tea party website called The Other 95, which defends the government from tea party criticisms and attacks the tea party movement as fringe.
The website purports to be authentically grassroots, though one must wonder when the last time was any grassroots activist took the time to defend the government.
Ignorance is strength. Freedom is slavery. Tea Parties are astroturf. Obamunism is genuine.
On a tip from J.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:51 AM
When the obamunist lackeys who run the media attempt to paint Tea Partiers as potentially violent — despite the only violence coming from the left — they are implementing a strategy Dick Morris devised for their moral paragon Bill Clinton in the immediate aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing:
Morris told Clinton that "direct accusations" of extremism wouldn't work because the Republicans were not, in fact, extremists. Rather, Morris recommended what he called the "ricochet theory." Clinton would "stimulate national concern over extremism and terror," and then, "when issue is at top of national agenda, suspicion naturally gravitates to Republicans." As that happened, Morris recommended, Clinton would use his executive authority to impose "intrusive" measures against so-called extremist groups. Clinton would explain that such intrusive measures were necessary to prevent future violence, knowing that his actions would, Morris wrote, "provoke outrage by extremist groups who will write their local Republican congressmen." Then, if members of Congress complained, that would "link right-wing of the party to extremist groups." The net effect, Morris concluded, would be "self-inflicted linkage between [GOP] and extremists."
Clinton's proposals — for example, new limits on firearms and some explosives that were opposed by the National Rifle Association — had "an underlying political purpose," Morris wrote…
The updated version makes use of Comrade Obama's trump card, his skin color. This is why Dem Congresscrumbs attack their opposition by telling lies about having been called the forbidden N-word, why the farcical Department of Homeland Security is watching vets instead of Muslims, and why the Second Amendment will be coming under renewed fire.
Remember when the black guy showed up with an AR-15 at a Phoenix Tea Party, and the statist liars at MSNBC cropped out his skin color while screeching about racist violence? All part of the unfolding strategy.
On a tip from Edward.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:07 AM
Pony-tailed moonbat Charleen Johnson is known for policing the comments section of his dying blog Little Green Footballs with an iron fist, while showering sanctimonious denunciations upon over-the-top comments cherry-picked from conservative sites. But you can get away with quite a lot at LGF, provided you adopt the appropriate point of view. Via the Diary of Daedalus:
If bloodthirsty excesses like this were found on patriots' blogs, the media really would go ape.
Hat tip: Weasel Zippers, on a tip from Leslie.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:25 AM
Because leftists are fundamentally wrong at the most basic level, they can only advance their cause through coercion and subterfuge. Not all of the fakery is as sophisticated as Chairman Zero's crusade against Goldman Sachs. For example, at last week's Tea Party in Albany, NY, a moonbat was passing out socialist propaganda crudely altered to look like it had been produced by patriots (click for full size):
On the lower right, we see that this is supposedly "A Tea Party USA Statement." Anyone ever heard of that outfit? But lower down and to the left it reads, "Printed by SP USA National Office Staff." We know who they are.
Here's what the original document looked like, before the infil-traitor doctored it:
Nassau TEA Party comments:
Amateurish and incredibly crude, one wonders how they could have expected to fool anyone.
But then, I thought the same thing about the liberal media's campaign to pass off an ultra-left community organizer as an acceptable presidential candidate.
Hat tip: Gateway Pundit, on a tip from J.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:58 AM
Normally I would say that government drones already have enough excuses to loaf, but here's a national holiday I can get behind:
The founder of a beer named after an American Revolutionary hero is pushing for Patriot's Day to become a national holiday.
Jim Koch, founder and owner of the Boston Beer Co., the maker of Sam Adams, says he is launching a personal campaign and starting a petition to begin a movement for the national holiday.
Koch said if Patriot's Day was a national holiday, more Americans would understand the nation's "revolutionary spirit" and how much the Founder Fathers risked their lives.
It's painful to remember their heroism, considering that we've been allowing the worst among us to flush away everything the Founding Fathers fought to establish. But if we ever forget, the moonbats win.
Hat tip: Jules Crittenden.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 9:30 AM
Those crazy Floridian liberals, even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is afraid of them. At a recent Palm Beach event, San Fran Grand Nan's security entourage at Democrat fundraiser George Cloutier's garden party included
a security detail 12 strong, mostly US Capitol Police.
There were four additional Palm Beach cops. And two sheriff's deputies.
Oh, yes! Two police boats in the Atlantic Ocean, across the street from Cloutier's house.
She managed to squeeze some $100,000 out of the eighteen actual guests, before they were pummeled into submission by the authorities due to their reckless liberal moonbat behavior.
Hat tip: Red County.
N.B.: In deference to readers who often require eye bleach following unannounced Pelosi pix, we have refrained from displaying her wet t-shirt shot smuggled out of the party.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:24 AM
The Obamunist must have figured they needed a bubble to lift the economy out of permanent recession. Bill Clinton's economy was lifted by the Tech Bubble, Bush's by the Housing Bubble. So, the Central Planners of Obamunism's five-year plan (one of whom is Jeffrey Immelt, whose company is the world's largest producer of wind turbines) thought that they could order a "Green Jobs" Bubble to lift the economy.
AnnaLee Saxenian, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, who studies regional technology clusters, says the nationwide push could produce plenty of service jobs and some manufacturing jobs, but it's unlikely to replace the millions lost in autos and steel and semiconductors to overseas producers. "People are jumping on a bandwagon," she says. "Washington needs something to sell. It can't be a panacea for everyone."
So far, this has failed, and I think I can figure out why.
The Tech Bubble succeeded because, for the most part, it was driven by market developments in technology... although the two trillion spent because of the Y2K scare was definitely a factor. (My brother is an electrician, and he was working overtime in 1999 helping people install emergency generators because they thought the lights would go out when the computers thought it was 1900 and not 2000.) Clinton was also helped out by a global oil glut that drove petroleum prices to record lows, and by a Republican congress that restrained spending and forced his administration to be more moderate and pro-business than it otherwise would have been.
The Real Estate Bubble did, in large part, result from Government policies. Specifically, the Government socialized the risk of making bad mortgage decisions and privatized the rewards of those risks. This naturally led to an over-inflated market that collapsed under its own weight, helped along by a massive global spike in petroleum prices. It was worsened by the massive expansion of private debt as consumers treated their home equity like an ATM machine.
Chairman Zero's Regime is trying to repeat the worst excesses of the Bush Era policies while learning none of its lessons. They are replacing a massive expansion of private debt with a massive expansion of public debt. And they are subsidizing "green jobs" through grants and subsidies that socialize the costs and privatize the benefits of green energy, thus distorting the market.
We may be on the verge of a revolution in bio-fuels or some other green technology. If we are, then this Government spending is a waste of resources because the market will move people to green technology. If we are not, then this Government is wasting resources because the costs of implementing green technology through Government fiat outweighs the benefits; elsewise, the market would move people to green technology anyway.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:14 AM
Remember when Democrat Congresscritters tried to throw up a smoke screen by claiming that patriots had assailed them with the unspeakable "N-word" after they rammed through government seizure of the healthcare industry? Since none of the many video cameras on hand recorded the incident, including the one operated by Jesse Jackson Jr., many were skeptical. It was reported that Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC) was walking with Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), and heard him subjected to the forbidden word. But now Shuler denies it.
Last I heard, Cleaver, John Lewis (D-GA), Andre Carson (D-IN) are sticking by their story that the N-word was inflicted upon them "at least 15 times." But no one has cashed in on Andrew Breitbart's offer to donate $100,000 to the United Negro College Fund if anyone can prove it.
What does it say about the character of our moonbat overlords that they would indulge in this sort of lie?
On a tip from Lunatic Cringe Radio.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:53 AM
There is danger in dealing with lowlife criminals, as the Obama-bankrolling crony capitalists at Goldman Sachs are finding out the hard way. The firm was at the top of the list of Obama donors, and was soon rewarded with mountains of our money during the "bailout" looting spree. But next on the hit list for nationalization is the financial sector, and Chairman Zero's old Wall Street friends have become expendable. A campaign coordinated between the White House, the SEC, and Big Media has been launched to bring down these capitalist exploiters of the proletariat.
As the Wall Street Journal makes clear, the SEC's case against Goldman Sachs is absurd. It's all about politics…
The SEC charges conveniently arrive on the brink of the Senate debate over financial reform, and its supporters are already using the case to grease the bill's passage. "I'm pleased that the Obama Administration is using all of the tools in its arsenal to bring accountability to Wall Street and standing up for homeowners and small businesses across America," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Friday about the SEC case. "This is also why we need to pass strong Wall Street reform this year." Of course, this case matters to homeowners not at all.
It does matter to the radical statists running the government, who will shove us another major step toward what used to be called communism by seizing control of the financial sector in the name of "reform."
FamousDC details the alarming extent of coordination between Democrats, the SEC, and the liberal establishment media in this latest attack on economic liberty.
Let this be a lesson to others corrupt enough to collude with the thugs in Washington. Play with fire, you will get burned.
On tips from Varla and J. Hat tip: RedState.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:24 AM
He's just a sexual abuse of a minor away from being the quintessential progressive social Democrat.
Willie's lookin' a lot like Arafat these days, isn't he?
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:04 AM
According to a poll by the left-wing Pew Research Center, 80% of Americans don't trust our Government, the highest level ever.
Nearly 80 percent of Americans say they do not trust the U.S. government to do what is right, expressing the highest level of distrust in Washington in half a century, according to a public opinion survey.
Only 22 percent of Americans say they trust the government "just about always" or "most of the time," according to the Pew Research Center survey released on Sunday.
Weird, the progressives tell me that Government (as long as it is run by Democrats) is infallible and should be entrusted completely to run the health care, energy, education, and financial sectors of the economy, and anyone who doesn't think so is an atavistic racist tea-bagger.
Hat Tip: Ace.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:04 AM
Jacob Weisberg at Slate laments that "reasonable Republicans" are a "dying breed." And by "reasonable Republicans," he means Republicans willing to roll-over for tax increases, massive deficit spending, amnesty, unilateral disarmament, cap and trade, and a metastasizing welfare state.
Though occasionally spotted on the rocky shoals of Maine's Penobscot Bay and in beach houses up and down the California coast, they now rarely emerge from the wilderness. During the health care battle, President Obama was unable to find a single Responsible Republican to serve as a mascot. There continue to be rumors of the Double R's return around issues such as immigration, financial reform, and climate change. Yet we have now gone several years without a confirmed sighting.
He blames "hyperpartisanship" on opposition to HillaryCare back in 1994. And, of course, Democrats never engage in hyperpartisanship or attack the president or his policies for purely political reasons.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:25 AM
Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:00 AM
Or, that's what the enviro-kooks would have you believe -- but because it is actually cooling. However, the why is something the kooks would rather you didn't know.
After enduring the coldest winter for 30 years, you might have been hoping for some respite from the cold weather.
However, scientists are now warning that Britain can expect to endure a series of extreme winters - the like of which have not seen for more than 300 years.
Researchers have found that low solar activity - marked by a decrease in the sun's magnetic field - influences the weather conditions across northern Europe.
According to Mike Lockwood, one of the main researchers, the latest winter marks the start of a Maunder minimum - when solar activity falls for a prolonged time.
This, of course, is just what sensible climatologists have been trying to say for years: that the sun has far more of an effect on the earth's climate than anything else. And it's just what the hoax-perpetrating
global warmists climate change-ists have been trying to suppress, along with other things like real temperature data and incriminating emails. They will continue to perpetuate their hockey sticks in textbooks and dismiss "normal" climate fluctuations related to solar activity as poppycock, because it does not fit with their economy-crushing ends.
Hat tip: Common Cents, from a sunny tip from firewifem.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:15 AM
Only an extremely careful observer could know for sure. And none of them is limping visibly, that's what's really amazing. Who knows about the victims in the blue car.
Hat tip: iOwnTheWorld.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:09 AM
Good Morning Right-Wing Patriots, Good Morning Left-Wing Freedom-Haters,
A bunch of white supremacists and a bunch of hippies clashed outside Los Angeles City Hall last week in what one policeman described as "one group of racists protesting another group of racists." Five people were arrested for assault and for throwing rocks and bottles at the police, all of them on the hippie side of the equation.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:56 AM
The hottest play in Toronto currently is one titled, My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding.
"The mother feels lost in life, wrestling with her identity. A new job brings new opportunities and with it a chance to truly find herself … discovering her sexuality, rediscovering her faith, and eventually coming out to her teenage son, ex-husband and homophobic Jewish mother."
I guess I am supposed to be shocked and appalled by this. "Lesbians! Wiccans! and Jews! Oh, my!" But my actual response is closer to … Huh, another attempt by the prog theater community to shock me. BOR-ING.
And all I need to do to shock and appall one of them is whip out my cellphone. "See this cover. Genuine Canadian baby seal skin. Neat, huh?"
Meanwhile, film critics — who love independent films as long as they're about gay cowboys eating pudding — are going out of their way to ignore an independent film about the Christian faith of a young boy with cancer; because, you know, it's inspirational and stuff. And there's people praying! People linking hands and praying … now there's something that would shock a progressive audience. "Christians and prayers and faith! Oh my!"
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:49 AM
So now, robbing other people to pay for your foreign vacation is a human right, just like robbing other people to pay for your health care is a human right and robbing other people to pay for your education is a human right.
An overseas holiday used to be thought of as a reward for a year's hard work. Now Brussels has declared that tourism is a human right and pensioners, youths and those too poor to afford it should have their travel subsidised by the taxpayer.
No longer considered human rights: free speech, property ownership, and the free exercise of religion.
You would think the Eurotopians would have figured out by now that the model of college until the age of 30, retirement at 55, and six months of vacation a year in between is economically unsustainable. Yet, they persist in pretending that you can have a wealthy society in which no one actually works.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:21 AM
This is interesting. MSNBC (a.k.a. MSDNC) has been an uncompromising, one-note shill for Chairman Zero and the Obamacrat party. MSDNC is owned by General Electric, which received $140 Billion last year in taxpayer-funded guarantees to bailout its finance division, GE Capital. GE's CEO Jeffrey Immelt is on the Chairman Zero's Board of Economic Advisors. GE also paid no US taxes last year.
Usually, the progressive left gets all twitter-pated about "corporate media" and big corporations who receive government bailouts while paying no taxes; but if the corporation in question is a member of Team Zero, they are exempt from such criticism.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:49 AM
Flights were grounded across northern Europe last week and air travel halted, stranding thousands, because of the eruption of a volcano in Iceland. Now, it turns out, none of that was probably necessary.
This is a long article. But the gist of it is that shutting down air travel across Europe was a hysteria-driven over-reaction to faulty computer models.
Gee, why does that sound familiar?
April 18, 2010
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:03 PM
Joe Klein, a
columnist fluffer for a declining, little-read propaganda rag called Newsweek TIME, told MSNBC that Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin were "potentially committing sedition" because of their criticisms of Chairman Zero and his regime.
Joe Klein accused Senator (Tom) Coburn of committing sedition in December. He accused FOX News of committing sedition in October.
You know, I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you're not patriotic. We should stand up and say we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration!
I may be wrong, but I seem to remember hearing that somewhere before.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:14 PM
The media gives space to the neo-cons as they are the zionist sponsored batch and the most extreme of the teabaggers. They are also as phony as the fundy Christian movement, another zionist started and lead fascist movement to promote zionist policy. The neo-con teabaggers' purpose is to give zionist puppet obama and his merry corporate welfare crew some opposition to fool the wad with...
Our trolls are going to have to work a lot harder to keep up with that level of crazy.
Commenting on the "Young Democrat Socialists of America" take on Noam Chomsky (not radical enough), Doug Ross spells out the difference between right and left.
The "right wing" believes in the Constitution: the rule of God's law and equality of opportunity for all mankind, no matter the race, religion or creed.
The "left wing" believes in the rule of man: a small set of master planners who claim to have the ability to organize others' lives.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:19 AM
Although you wouldn't know it from the complicit statist media, we have been living through a bloodless communist coup. Here first-class countermoonbat Michele Bachmann explains the situation at the Tax Day Tea Party in DC:
Via Looking at the Left.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:24 AM
(Bumped one last time, updated still again with more photos)
Despite the feeble efforts of liberal infiltrators, Thursday's Tea Parties were once again a smashing success, as the movement continues to grow. Thank you Moonbattery readers for sending in pictures.
Albany, NY — compliments of Doug:
Birmingham, AL — compliments of Craig:
Boise, ID — compliments of Mike:
Chicago, IL — compliments of Kevin K:
Cincinnati, OH — compliments of Paul H:
Concord, NH — compliments of Bernie:
Dallas–Fort Worth, TX — compliments of JustAl:
Eureka, CA — compliments of Jed:
Eureka, CA — compliments of Dave L:
Fayetteville, AR — compliments of Nancz:
Grand Junction, CO — compliments of R985wasp:
Irvine, CA — compliments of Donald Douglas:
Lakeland, FL — compliments of Jim:
Lansing, MI — compliments of Greg:
Madison, WI — compliments of John C:
Montrose, CO — compliments of Kenny:
New York, NY — compliments of Urban Infidel:
Peoria, IL — compliments of Atomic Lib Smasher:
Providence, RI — compliments of Shayne:
Santa Ana, CA — compliments of Oiao:
Statesboro, GA — compliments of Heather:
Tempe, AZ — compliments of Varla:
Ventura County, CA — compliments of Henry:
Washington, DC — compliments of Patriot Tim:
Wilmington, NC — compliments of Z06:
This is only a tiny sample of the patriotism that was on display yesterday from sea to shining sea. If you find what liberals are doing to our country intolerable, you are far from alone.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 5:30 AM
iOwnTheWorld has found the answer for our nation's thirst for energy. Unfortunately, it requires that Obama be president.
April 17, 2010
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:09 PM
Global warming debunker Lord Christopher Monckton says if we resubmit to British rule and accept the tea tax, he'll take away ObamaCare. If only. It's shaming to think of the risks and hardships our Founding Fathers faced to throw off chains that weren't even worth mentioning compared to the tyranny we willingly endure now. If it weren't for the Tea Parties, you could almost believe our liberal rulers were succeeding in their campaign to reduce us to something between serfs and farm animals by offering everyone something for nothing at everyone else's expense.
Here's Lord Monckton at the Tax Day Tea Party in DC:
On a tip from Edward. Hat tip: Looking at the Left.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:50 AM
Posted by The MaryHunter at 10:25 AM
In Andrew Breitbart's inspiring and revealing Tea Party speech, he explains his "A-ha" moment of conversion from mind-numbed liberal college grad to sensible conservative defending the Constitution. It came down to the public humiliation of Clarence Thomas during his SCOTUS hearing. Breitbart hasn't looked back since, in his fight against the racist, progressive agenda of the Democrat party and the complicit mainstream media.
His take-home quote to the Tea Partiers:
If we sit down and shut up, we lose America. What are you going to do about it?
Hat tip: Big Government.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:54 AM
When this nation of equal opportunity under the law becomes a place where minority rights trump equal treatment for all, its easy to see why some folks get fed up and try to push back.
Oh, he knew it would cause a fuss. But Harris County Deputy Daniel McCool said no one else is standing up for equality of opportunity in local law enforcement. So, two months ago he founded the Caucasian Law Enforcement Association.
The association is open to officers of any racial or ethnic group and from any law enforcement agency in Texas. So, what's the point?
McCool said the organization grew out of his skepticism about the integrity of the hiring practices of Sheriff Adrian Garcia. McCool has no evidence of wrongdoing, but said he believes some employees have been hired or received plum assignments "just because (they) know somebody or just because of an affirmative-action-type decision."
If you think that this is just one more bit of evidence that RACISM! runs rampant among whites in the Age of Obama, think again. The first member of the association was an Hispanic female officer.
"There are several hundred groups in the state of Texas that have their name tied to either a heritage or ethnic group to ensure fair representation. Ours is the same," he said.
He's getting some grief from the County Commission, which is reviewing his request to start the option of automatic payroll deductions for association members. His is not a white supremacist's organization, but one that poses a lot of trouble for affirmative-action holdouts from civil rights days who ultimately aim to make the "average American" a second-class citizen. Maybe sometime in this nation, equal rights will really truly mean equal rights for all.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:28 AM
"He proceeded to slide his hand onto my ribs and back and then touched my butt," Mr. Rawls said. "As he was passing me he looked me in the eyes and said 'You feel good, man.'"
Well, let me just ask... is there anything you could have done to have prevented this... like maybe... I don't know... not posing naked for the amusement of the kind of people who patronize naked people exhibits at the Museum of Modern Art?
These are the people who think being a Hooter's waitress is demeaning, but put a bunch of naked people in a museum and its "Ahhht."
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:41 AM
At least they didn't give kids laptops and then use them to take creepy images of kids in their bedrooms, all the while sharing gossip about them through employee emails.
Like certain public schools have allegedly done.
The system that Lower Merion school officials used to track lost and stolen laptops wound up secretly capturing thousands of images, including photographs of students in their homes, Web sites they visited, and excerpts of their online chats, says a new motion filed in a suit against the district.
Back at district offices, the Robbins motion says, employees with access to the images marveled at the tracking software. It was like a window into "a little LMSD soap opera," a staffer is quoted as saying in an e-mail to Carol Cafiero, the administrator running the program.
"I know, I love it," she is quoted as having replied.
The material disclosed by the district contains hundreds of photos of Robbins and his family - "including pictures of Blake partially undressed and of Blake sleeping," the motion states.
April 16, 2010
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 2:54 PM
Short verson: (My clarifications in italics)
A crowd of more than 100 protestors faced off against about 50 police officers yesterday afternoon at Ohio State University in an attempt to
bring public awareness to the conditions of Sodexo food-workers at university sporting eventsbully Sodexo into unionizing itself out of existence. …
The protest is part of a "smear campaign" against the firm by the SEIU in a bid to get the firm to exclusively negotiate with that union, said Sodexo spokeswoman Monica Zimmer.
The 25 were arrested when they were blocking traffic on a main thoroughfare and refused to leave.
The headline for this post is a playoff of the headline of this post on a lefty blog. And the stat they want to cite is this:
The percentage holding a favorable opinion of former President George W. Bush = 57%
And I think the line in the post that tells you everything you need to know about the author's objectivity is this:
A substantial majority of Tea Party members hold a favorable opinion of the man that history will very likely deem the worst president in American History
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:53 PM
Don't let the scum floating on the top convince you that America has gone rotten. Here's what the scum is floating on:
He has no legs and no eyesight, but Marine Cpl. Matthew Bradford has four more years of military service ahead of him after becoming the first blind double-amputee to re-enlist.
The rifleman was injured in January 2007 in Iraq when a roadside bomb exploded right under him, the San Antonio Express-News reported.
But after years at the Center for the Intrepid, a privately funded, cutting-edge rehabilitation center, Bradford, 23, has learned to walk with prosthetic limbs and navigate without his vision, and he only regrets that he can't return to combat duty in Iraq, the paper reported.
If Cpl. Bradford doesn't whine and sponge off Big Government, there is zero excuse for anyone to.
On a tip from Lyle.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 11:15 AM
A pro-abortion activist defaced an "Abortion Changes You" poster in the New York subway system as shown below.
It's bullsh-t, right? An unplanned pregnancy mean would just a temporary delay of college. After the baby is born, the woman just can just pick up where she left off, right? The aborted baby, on the other hand, does not get to do that. Or indeed, anything.
(Feministing's) Jessica Valenti called the abortionchangesyou.com ad "heinous." Do you know what she said about the defaced ad promoting abortion for convenience? She called the vandal a "pro-choice hero" and then said: "Love. It."
Because the most important thing to the social left is that you get to gratify yourself sexually without judgment or consequence. Everything else is details. And goddess forfend that someone might try to discuss the negative physical and emotional consequences of terminating that tiny human life that your sexual irresponsibility has created.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:09 AM
A U.K. woman has been diagnosed with persistent genital arousal disorder after falling off her Wii Fit board and damaging a nerve, the Toronto Sun reported.
Amanda Flowers, who lives in Manchester, England, said she has sexual urges up to 10 times a day since she fell. A doctor confirmed her diagnosis.
"It began as a twinge down below, before surging through my body," Flowers told a U.K. newspaper. "Sometimes it built up into a trembling orgasm."
The syndrome was pandemic among liberals as recently as a year ago last January, but has been declining sharply:
Before long this dreadful condition should be isolated to the media and college faculties.
Hat tip: Pirate's Cove, on a tip from Troll Smacker.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:31 AM
What to do when it comes to bagging your groceries? Plastic bags are created out of chemical compounds with so many syllables, they can't help but be harmful to polar bears. But paper bags require the rape of the forests, where happy animals would frolic in harmony if not for greedy mankind's depredations. Here's the answer: ban plastic, charge for paper.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Two more Northern California counties have moved to ban retail stores from giving out plastic bags and have them charge for paper bags.
Santa Clara County supervisors voted Tuesday to prohibit the distribution of the bags during checkout at retail stores in unincorporated areas. Shoppers would be able to buy 100 percent recyclable paper bags under the ordinance that goes for a final vote in October.
Also Tuesday, Santa Cruz County supervisors voted to move ahead with a similar ordinance, though implementation is pending an environmental review.
Alternatively, you can carry your groceries home by stuffing them in your cheeks like a chipmunk. If it's good enough for the animals, it's good enough for a mere human.
On a tip from Muddypaw.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:47 AM
Patriots were more than ready for the moonbat vermin who attempted to sully yesterday's historic rallies for liberty.
Here's the reception a clown with Nazi symbols on his shirt got in St. Louis:
Special signs were also used to defang moonbats in Oceanside, CA…
…in San Francisco…
…and as noted earlier, in Columbus:
Failure comes naturally to moonbats. Here's one attempting to defuse the DC Tea Party with preposterous lies:
It would be hilarious, if fools and liars of this caliber weren't running the government.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:09 AM
The infiltration concept was slimy but clever — except how many moonbats would have the subtlety to pull it off? In Greensboro, NC, yet another failed miserably:
The Tax Day Tea Party in downtown Greensboro ran smoothly Thursday. Everyone sang the patriotic staple "God Bless the U.S.A.," kids got their faces painted and the parched drank their Liber-Tea.
Well, there was one tiny glitch.
A man dressed in all black and a hood or mask came to the side of the stage by the old county courthouse while a person spoke and held up a sign reading, "Prosperity = White Supremacy."
The crowd didn't fancy the man's sign and cast a round of boos in his direction. Pretty soon, three Greensboro police officers escorted the man away from the protest.
This will be hard for liberals to grasp, but liberty has nothing to do with race. It did long ago, but we spent over 600,000 lives in the Civil War correcting that.
On tips from John D and J.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:52 AM
Here's what the crowd in Cincinnati was told about Fox News pulling Sean Hannity out of the Tea Party at the last moment:
Cincinnati Tea Party founder Mike Wilson explains it in a letter at Hannity's site.
It seems we have yet another example of people allowing left-wing bullies to push them into a corner and then over a cliff. We don't have to prove we aren't racists, and we don't have to prove we're not profiteers. All we have to do is love liberty and hate its enemies.
The liberal media take is that ethics required FNC to pull the plug because Tea Party organizers would have profited from Hannity's presence, as if these events could be staged for free. How is making a profit to be used to finance future events worse than fans paying to see Hannity and then not getting to see him? FNC and the Cincy Tea Party had no financial relationship.
Video is compliments of Paul H, who reports,
Frankly, we were fine BEFORE he decided to come, and we were just fine without him. However, my respect-o-meter for Fox went down a few notches for wimping out.
Wimping out won't win our country back.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:50 AM
Chairman Zero loves himself so much that he feels the Tea Partiers should love him too - or at least be grateful.
President Obama on Thursday said he was "amused" by the tax day protests going on around the country to commemorate the IRS deadline for tax returns, and said the Tea Party movement's protests of his policies were misguided.
"You would think they would be saying 'thank you.' That's what you'd think," Obama said, speaking to about 1,000 Democratic donors in Miami, at a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee.
Obama cited tax cuts in the $787 billion stimulus plan of a year ago as one reason that Americans who think taxes are too high should be grateful to him.
Listen up, Dear Leader: The Tea Party movement IS grateful to you. Single-handedly, you have so awakened mainstream America to the horrors of the progressive agenda (in the form of Obamunism) to the point that the Tea Party is a full-fledged, grass-roots political force, with momentum aplenty against not only you but also your progressive Democrat puppet Congress.
So, on behalf of Tea Partiers everywhere: Thanks, Mr. President. Now go the eff away.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:42 AM
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:01 AM
Residents and a school official say hardline (Islamic) militants in Somalia have banned school bells in one southern town because they say they are un-Islamic.
Christ the King Church pastor Bishop Rick Painter was sentenced for ringing his church's bells, and given a suspended sentence of ten days in jail and three years' probation on June 3.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:47 AM
While reporting on the eruption of a volcano in Iceland, Rickie had this to say.
"When you think of a volcano, you think of Hawaii and long words like that. You don't think of Iceland. You think it's too cold to have a volcano there."
No, Rick. We don't think that, because we're not stupid. On the other hand, since you were addressing a CNN audience, your assessment of what your audience thinks might well be correct.
After all, they also believe that Obama gave them a tax cut.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:42 AM
My son is okay with the 'Day of Silence,' for the following reason (paraphrasing). "It means the people who are into all that gay rights crap have to shut up about it for a day."
It's also a flimsy segue into this Rowan Atkinson classic (Mild language warning).
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:15 AM
According to a poll by the New York Times, 52% of Americans now recognize that Obama is moving the USA toward socialism.
Only the Kool-Aid drinkers and the furthest fringes of the left still believe that Obama is a centrist/moderate. The deniers defend his socialist-style takeovers of the auto industry and health care, as well as the student loan market -- and his pending takeovers of the financial sector and energy -- as necessitated by the grave situation he "inherited."
In other words, they claim he had to destroy the free enterprise system in order to save it.
"No, No!" insist the Kool-Aid drinkers. "Obama is not a socialist. If he was a socialist, ObamaCare would have outlawed the insurance companies. Instead, he's allowing them to exist in order to administer the government's health care program. Just like banks used to administer the... um... student loan program."
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:57 AM
Chairman Zero wants you to know, the best part about his awesomeness is how humble he is about it.
United States president Barack Obama says he and Prime Minister Kevin Rudd share several personality traits - one of which is humility.
"He was quite expansive and quite genuine on what he saw as the commonality and connections between [he and Mr Rudd]. One of which was humility," O'Brien said.
At a Dramacrat Fundraiser yesterday, Captain Humility attacked the Tea Party Patriots for their ingratitude.
"You would think they should be saying thank you," the president said to applause.
April 15, 2010
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:48 PM
The Crash the Tea Party Project was the Progressive Left's last, best hope to smear the Tea Parties as racist bigots.
Here we see a progressive douchebag in Columbus OH attempt to discredit the Tea Party by waving an offensively racist sign.
After the Jump, see how real patriots responded to this racist left-wing Hair Club for Men reject.
You FAIL, Loser. Go back to your parents basement. Do Not Pass Starbucks. Do Not Collect $200 from George Soros.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:23 PM
A Federal Judge in Wisconsin (a Carter appointee, natch) has ruled that the "National Day of Prayer" is unconstitutional.
U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb wrote that the government can no more enact laws supporting a day of prayer than it can encourage citizens to fast during Ramadan, attend a synagogue or practice magic.
Drive a wedge between the USA and God, and the USA's destruction is assured; which is why eradicating religion is such a high priority among progressives.
Hat Tip: Sondra K
Posted by The MaryHunter at 5:25 PM
When George Harrison wrote "Taxman" for The Beatles, he was slamming the enormously progressive tax system in the UK. This is the inevitable future for Obama's America so it's fitting that he himself perform a cover -- though without the sarcasm of the original.
On a Revolver tip from TrickleUpPolitics.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:53 PM
So far Tea Party infiltrators haven't been terribly subtle. I'm guessing you can tell the moonbats (reportedly mainly law students from the University of Illinois) apart from the normal Americans in these pictures from today's Tea Party in Champaign:
When these cretins attack Tea Parties for being mainly white, they are attacking America for being mainly white. But patriots are supposedly the racists.
Photos compliments of Bob Z.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 12:35 PM
Are you heading out to a tea party after work but still haven't found that perfect sign? iOwnTheWorld has a few suggestions here, and many more on their site.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:23 PM
On a tip from John L.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:10 AM
If you're heading out to a Tea Party, whatever you do, don't show any pride in not being a sexual pervert, because that would be racist — or so we're told:
LANSING — State and national organizations who represent the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community are expressing outrage over t-shirts bearing the slogan "Straight Pride" offered for sale at a Saturday rally of the Tea Party Express. …
Gay advocacy groups say the shirts are reminiscent of the "white pride" slogan adopted by racist groups who oppose equality.
"It's like white supremacy," says Penny Gardner, president of the Lansing Association for Human Rights, a Lansing area lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights group. "It's as if they are saying the idea of supremacy is some how the American way. The American way is about equality, and equality is all we're looking for."
Equality means you can take pride in being depraved, but not in not being depraved. Rea Carey of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force explains:
"'LGBT Pride' has long been an inspiring, powerful and celebratory rallying call, and its appeal is obvious. But this doesn't appear to be a case of imitation is the highest form of flattery. Instead, it's veiled homophobia in action, and peddling homophobia and profiting from it are both immoral and unacceptable."
Sure, the appeal is obvious. As for the normal people who participate in Tea Parties, according to David Holtz of Progress Michigan,
"They are working very hard at being a fringe group, and succeeding."
Daryl Presgaves of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), the perverted moonbat cult founded by Comrade Obama's pedophile Safe Schools Czar, participated in the bullying of anyone who would dare take pride in not being abnormal by proclaiming:
"It's sad and troubling that some parents instill values of exclusion and teach their children to disrespect and bully those who are different from them."
In other words, we've got a great big stick called political correctness, so you'd better shut up and lay low or we'll hit you again. You bully.
On a tip from Incitatus.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:01 AM
The coup de grâce to our capitalist economy, Cap & Trade, has gone under the radar, but is still in play. This outrageous act of sabotage ("likely to be the biggest tax in American history" per the Wall Street Journal) passed the House, and prior to being thrown out of office this fall, Harry Reid plans to get even with the voters by slipping it through the Senate for Comrade Obama's eager signature.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is about to take over as stage manager in the uphill push to pass comprehensive climate and energy legislation.
Whenever the word "comprehensive" appears in any Big Government undertaking, the American people are in for serious pain.
In an effort to keep the bill in Reid's hands, the sponsors — Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) won't officially introduce the bill in the Senate when they unveil it to the public next week.
Remember Lieberman's participation in this unfolding catastrophe next time someone tries to pass him off as a moderate or a man of principle. If he would take part in Al Gore's alarming attempt to seize power after losing the 2000 election, it's unsurprising he would crawl into bed with the likes of Hanoi John Kerry and the quintessential moonbat RINO Lindsey Graham.
Even some Democrats smell a decomposing rat:
Already, some senators also are raising red flags about the committee process, which they warn may be circumvented if the Kerry-Graham-Lieberman proposal moves directly into Reid's office.
"These bills need to go through committee," said Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.). "If you're talking about making major deals on energy policy, it needs to go through the Energy Committee. If you're making major deals on tax policy, it needs to go through the Finance Committee. I mean, if you want to get it done."
But things are done differently, now that we have Obamunist "transparency." Draconian bills that will radically lower our standard of living are rammed through by any means necessary, with details kept hidden.
If the Dems could impose the intensely unpopular ObamaCare debacle, Tax & Charade ought to be a cinch, since unscrupulous Repubics (Lettuce McStain, Newt Gingrich) have shown a willingness to climb aboard the ecofascism bandwagon. According to Frank O'Donnell of Clean Air Watch,
So far, there are no Republican big dogs willing to sniff Reid's hind quarters on this issue.
Apparently Grahamnesty, who has lodged his snout halfway up Reid's colon, doesn't count as a big dog. But his traitorous example will not be helpful when it comes to corralling other RINOs.
Hat tip: Yid With Lid. On a tip from Gj Ferra.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:31 AM
Nice Video, but I still find the word vulgar and juvenile. Solidarity, comrades!!!
BTW: Even the New York Waste of Times is no longer buying the meme that Tea Partiers are dumb and uneducated.
Tea Party supporters are wealthier and more well-educated than the general public, and are no more or less afraid of falling into a lower socioeconomic class, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
And this is going to shock the Obama Amen Corner, but the Tea Parties are pretty much ordinary Americans.
Their responses are like the general public's in many ways. Most describe the amount they paid in taxes this year as "fair." Most send their children to public schools. A plurality do not think Sarah Palin is qualified to be president, and, despite their push for smaller government, they think that Social Security and Medicare are worth the cost to taxpayers. They actually are just as likely as Americans as a whole to have returned their census forms, though some conservative leaders have urged a boycott.
And in contrast to what the Obama Amen Corner tells itself, Tea Partiers are not obsessed with the president's race or his birth certificate.
Asked what they are angry about, Tea Party supporters offered three main concerns: the recent health care overhaul, government spending and a feeling that their opinions are not represented in Washington.
Gee, what a dangerous bunch of racist radicals.
Hat Tip: Leah via Teh Facebook.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:05 AM
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:56 AM
The EPA issued a press release announcing a video contest, inviting citizens to submit videos celebrating Federal micromanagement of every aspect of human life and … in particular … the EPA's fanatical, expensive, job-killing climate regulations.
The contest will highlight the significance of federal regulations and help the public understand the rulemaking process.
Federal agencies develop and issue hundreds of rules and regulations every year to implement statutes written by Congress. Almost every aspect of an individual's life is touched by federal regulations.
They say it like it's a good thing.
Hat Tip: NRO
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:40 AM
Despite all the Hopey Change, Sweden is still ahead of us on the road toward collectivism. Let's see how easy it is to find housing in a place where it's regarded as a "human right":
Long waiting times and high black market prices have long characterised Stockholm's rental housing market… The sheer hopelessness of the situation faced by newcomers to Stockholm looking to rent an apartment has been exposed once again by a report on the findings of the major public housing firms…
The most common scenario is that many tenants keep hold of their rental apartments after having moved. As the waiting times for inner-city Stockholm apartments can run to as long as 20 years many fear never being able to re-enter the market again if they were to surrender their contracts.
Waiting lists are to be expected under socialism, but Stockholm is particularly awful. Of eight comparable EU cities studied in a report by the Swedish Property Federation,
Stockholm stood alone as the city with a long waiting list. It was also the only city with a generally regulated housing system.
As usual, the crisis is a result of Big Government getting its foot in the door.
Hans Lind [a professor of housing economics at the Royal Technical College in Stockholm] explained that the system of regulated rents was introduced in the 1950s as a temporary measure and that now, almost sixty years later, the somewhat unique situation is very difficult to change.
Lind was asked,
Defenders of rent regulation argue that the current system allows people of all incomes and classes to live in the inner-city. Can you see any advantages with the system?
"Only for those who happen to find an apartment. Now it is very much by chance, or for those with a lot of money and the right contacts, or after a very long wait," Lind argued.
"To suggest that the regulated rental market fulfils a social function is just hypocrisy. Take Stockholm. Anyone can see that the rich live in one place, the less well-off somewhere else. There are very few areas where they are mixed."
Some will always be higher on the totem pole than others. In a free country, you climb or slide on your merits. In a socialist country, everything is frozen in place by the bureaucracy. This is why socialism is favored by elitists.
Eric Clark [a professor in human geography at Lund University] on the other hand argued that the rental market should fulfil a social function.
"It is a question of whether you see housing as a human right," he said.
When progressives start blathering about their coercive concept of "human rights," it means their moonbattery cannot be defended.
On a tip from Forest.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:20 AM
There may be some sort of recovery in the works, but I don't think we're anywhere close to there yet. Right now, as a country, we're like a guy who lost his six-figure job, but instead of cutting back, we're keeping up appearances by taking out a third mortgage on our McMansion, maxing out our credit cards, and spending the kids' college fund.
Hat Tip: Ace.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:52 AM
A young member of the liberal ruling class from the Harvard Political Review "tried to comb [his] hair like a conservative would" and went undercover to report on the Boston Tea Party yesterday. He writes like an adolescent trendoid and doesn't have much to say, but at least the comments are open…
On a tip from Cluebat from Exodar.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:37 AM
Via iOwnTheWorld, on tips from TED and J.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:51 AM
From Sondra K
BTW: During one of my Dian Fossey-like forays onto TBTHMG, I note that they are telling each other that the Tea Parties are most definitely not a grassroots, regular-American phenomenon, but only exist because FoxNews constantly exhorts people to attend them.
Yet, on my way into work, I was tuned into FoxNews stations (WFMD in Frederick, WTNT in Bethesda), heard at least four news updates, and none of them even mentioned the Tea Parties. Their top story is about a volcano in Iceland.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:45 AM
A Democrat Congressman from Missouri not only owns a 42-foot yacht, he also docks it across the river in Illinois as a tax dodge.
Most. Ethical. Congress. Ever!
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:28 AM
If we never hear from the New York-based troll known as Meh/Snot/ZimaBaron again, this may be perhaps why.
A hard-partying lighting designer was found dead in his luxury Manhattan apartment wearing a knee-length black latex suit and a gas mask and handcuffed from behind, law-enforcement sources said yesterday.
What a shame, he would have made a superb Safe Schools Czar.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:47 AM
Good Morning Right-Wing Patriots, Good Morning Left-Wing, Palin-hating dumpster divers,
The douchebags at the appropriately named "Crooks and Liars" blog seem to find the following quote from a Grand Rapids tea party patriot beyond the pale.
"For some reason, liberals seem to think people deserve paychecks who don't work and that's silly considering I don't want my hard earned money, my parents money, my siblings money to go to people who don't deserve it."
May I presume that if you think that quote is some sort of indictment of Tea Party values, then your own values include confiscating money from hard-working families to lavish on people who don't deserve it?
April 14, 2010
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:24 PM
As noted earlier, ObamaCare includes a $3.9 billion tax hit on the Middle Class, and that's only the beginning. The cruelest tax, inflation, will come into play — as will a VAT tax if Democrats have their way. Then there's Cap & Trade, which passed the House, and which the Wall Street Journal notes is "likely to be the biggest tax in American history." All of this follows promises that 95% of us would pay less taxes.
You didn't expect your grandchildren to pick up the tab for all of Obama's wasteful spending, did you?
Imagine how arrogant they must be to think they'll get away with this.
On a tip from Ericka.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:06 PM
Lacking the patience to follow the game plan of shouting racial epithets while posing as patriots, screeching moonbats from USW 8751, a union representing school bus drivers, crashed the Tea Party in Boston today:
The attack was organized by the International Action Center.
Is scum like this going to determine the future of our country? Only if we let it.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 5:52 PM
Do you like paying taxes? Probably not. Well, many eye-poppingly wealthy celebs don't like paying taxes, either. In fact, so much so that they just don't.
Nicolas Cage's bookkeeping got a bit muddled, and now he has to shell out $13.3 million to the federal government.
Joe Francis, founder of "Girls Gone Wild," forgot, too. His tab? $29.4 million -- or roughly 5 million margaritas.
Sinbad the Comedian? A very unfunny $8.15 million, which doesn't even include interest and legal fees.
Other celebs who owe the taxman big bucks are Pamela Anderson ($1.7 million), the rapper Nas ($3.4 million), singer Dionne Warwick ($2.2 million) and actor Terrence Howard ($1.1 million).
These are not just rounding errors, nor are they minor omissions in the style of Treasury Secretary Tim "TurboTax" Geithner. Just how many of these Hollywood glitterazzi voted for Obama thinking, just like those "little people" did, that Obama would fix everything for them? Guess again.
On a glittery tip from firewifem.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 1:59 PM
Indiana Republican Rep. Mike Pence has a bit of a chuckle today on the House floor, at the expense of Democrats who claim to have -- heh -- reduced taxes this year.
Message to Democrats and Obama (which will come through loud and clear tomorrow through the Tea Parties): Get the EFF out of the way, leave America alone!
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 12:38 PM
Deranged Palin-haters, determined to go to any lengths necessary in order to find something ... anything ... with which to smear a private citizen with no government authority ... dug through the garbage at California State University -- Stanislaus to recover what they claim is Sarah Palin's contract for a speech given at the university.
The document --- which was found mysteriously intact amid piles of shredded documents --- purports to show that Mrs. Palin requires (clutch the pearls!) first-class airfare to the location of the speech, a nice hotel, and bottles of water at her podium.
I know. I know. How dare that wolf-killing, Obama-criticizing, hand-note-writing, Arctic-Cat parka wearing, meth-dealing, she-devil with the slut daughter, the baby who should have been aborted (and probably isn't hers anyway) and the meth-head son who joined the army to avoid prosecution for vandalism and who is probably gay ... woman dare to request the same level of accommodation most any other speaker at her level of demand would. If she did.
Candidate for Governor Jerry "The Amazing Hippie-Fossil" Moonbeam has decided that Sarah Palin's speaking arrangements are a very serious campaign issue in a state Palin isn't even running for anything.
California Attorney General Jerry Brown said his office would look into the finances of the California State University, Stanislaus Foundation, as well as allegations that the nonprofit organization violated public disclosure laws by keeping details of Palin's contract secret.
Gee, Jer, when you put it that way, I can see how Sarah Palin's speaking contract is way more serious than California's $20 Billion budget deficit or double digit unemployment.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:24 AM
To quote the great Ronaldus Maximus:
Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the Democrats believe every day is April 15.
Keep your eyes open for liberal infiltrators. They'll be the ones shouting racial epithets and smelling like discarded cheese.
If you get some good pictures, please send them along.
On a tip from Oiao.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:51 AM
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 10:37 AM
Following on the advice of George Orwell, Democrats have been butchering the language over the last few years. For political purposes, they have attached new meanings to old words.
Racist: Someone who is winning an argument with a Democrat.
Torture: Any discomfort a terrorist complains about while a Republican is president.
Smear: The act of a Republican telling the truth about a Democrat. (see also, "Swiftboating")
When the Democrats passed their "Pay-as-you-go" legislation in February, it required that all additional spending be offset but tax increases or cuts in other programs, except for an "emergency."
Because of this loophole, Democrats have had to redefine the word "Emergency" to mean "an excuse to spend money."
Latest case, Democrats are proposing a $23 Billion bailout for the government schools, to ensure that no educrats in the bloated education bureaucracy (which funnels its union dues exclusively to Democrats) will be laid off even if the schools don't need them and can't afford them.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:30 AM
I have just received word that the New York Times is preparing to go public with a list of names of Americans covertly working in Afghanistan providing force protection for our troops, as well as the rest of our Coalition Forces. If the Times actually sees this through, the red ink they are drowning in will be nothing compared to the blood their entire organization will be covered with. Make no mistake, the Times is about to cause casualty rates in Afghanistan to skyrocket.
This is consistent with the past policy of this vile publication. Here's a glimpse of the festering pustule that serves its publisher Pinch Sulzberger for a mind:
Pinch was a political activist in the Sixties, and was twice arrested in anti-Vietnam protests. One day, the elder Sulzberger asked his son what Pinch calls, "the dumbest question I've ever heard in my life." If an American soldier runs into a North Vietnamese soldier, which would you like to see get shot? Young Arthur answered, "I would want to see the American get shot. It's the other guy's country." Some Sixties activists have since thought better of their early enthusiasms. Pinch hasn't.
The Slimes has participated in the deaths of American troops before. The blood isn't only on its own hands, but on the hands of its readers as well.
On a tip from Keyboard Militia.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:04 AM
At least Comrade Obama's NASA plans are consistent with his other objectives. As in all other areas, he is imposing mediocrity. Take it from former astronauts Neil Armstrong, James Lovell, and Eugene Cernan:
The United States entered into the challenge of space exploration under President Eisenhower's first term, however, it was the Soviet Union who excelled in those early years. Under the bold vision of Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, and with the overwhelming approval of the American people, we rapidly closed the gap in the final third; of the 20th century, and became the world leader in space exploration.
America's space accomplishments earned the respect and admiration of the world. Science probes were unlocking the secrets of the cosmos; space technology was providing instantaneous worldwide communication; orbital sentinels were helping man understand the vagaries of nature. Above all else, the people around the world were inspired by the human exploration of space and the expanding of man's frontier. It suggested that what had been thought to be impossible was now within reach. Students were inspired to prepare themselves to be a part of this new age. No government program in modern history has been so effective in motivating the young to do "what has never been done before."
World leadership in space was not achieved easily. In the first half-century of the space age, our country made a significant financial investment, thousands of Americans dedicated themselves to the effort, and some gave their lives to achieve the dream of a nation. In the latter part of the first half century of the space age, Americans and their international partners focused primarily on exploiting the near frontiers of space with the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station.
The ISS was something of an exercise in "we are the world" international hand-holding, but the space program was about to get back on track with the Constellation program, intended to return us to the moon and then outward to Mars. But then came the most shameful event in American history: the 2008 election. As one of its many tragic consequences, Constellation was canceled.
Now we won't even be able to get to the Space Station without begging a ride from the Russians, who rejected the collectivism American voters were tricked into embracing.
America's only path to low Earth orbit and the International Space Station will now be subject to an agreement with Russia to purchase space on their Soyuz (at a price of over 50 million dollars per seat with significant increases expected in the near future) until we have the capacity to provide transportation for ourselves. …
For The United States, the leading space faring nation for nearly half a century, to be without carriage to low Earth orbit and with no human exploration capability to go beyond Earth orbit for an indeterminate time into the future, destines our nation to become one of second or even third rate stature. …
Without the skill and experience that actual spacecraft operation provides, the USA is far too likely to be on a long downhill slide to mediocrity.
Mediocrity, imposed on all by the scuttling bureaucrats who serve as its avatars — that's liberalism in a nutshell. This is why our science funds are now spent on manufacturing phony data to prop up the global warming hoax instead of striving for new frontiers.
On a tip from Byron.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:17 AM
No collectivist tyrant has it all until he has a domestic army to keep the people on their knees. Comrade Obama made his plans to create a massive one clear even before his catastrophic election. He even managed to advance this goal as part of ObamaCare. Before the year is out, we might find out what it's like to live in a country where the military fights the people on behalf of an enemy in control of the government. From the Examiner:
In October of this year, one month prior to the November midterm elections, a special army unit known as 'Consequence Management Response Force' will be ready for deployment on American soil if so ordered by the President.
The special force, which is the new name being given to the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 3rd Infantry, has been training at Fort Stewart, Georgia and is composed of 80,000 troops.
According to the Army Times,
They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, attack.
The key phrase is 'may be called upon to help with civil unrest.'
This news takes on special significance in light of revelations that people linked to the Democrat Party have been involved in recruiting infiltrators to disrupt Tea Parties.
Communists killed over 100 million of their own people in the 20th century. A communist killed JFK. It's not hard to believe that neocommunists working for or in support of the leftists currently running the federal government would try to forestall their coming loss of Congress by positioning a Lee Harvey Oswald type to do something outrageous to get the ball rolling.
To quote Obama Teleprompter programmer Rahm "Dead Fish" Emmanuel:
You never want a serious crisis go to waste. What I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.
If the crisis doesn't present itself, you just have to create one.
The question is whether American troops would fire on patriotic citizens on behalf of left-wing scum that clearly despises them. All soldiers have a tendency to follow orders. The Oath Keepers need to step up their efforts.
On a tip from Troll Smacker.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:28 AM
Remember the incessant pledges from Comrade Obama that the Middle Class would see absolutely no tax increases if he took power? Remember how 95% of Americans were going to get a tax cut? Keep remembering those lies next time you can get at a voting both. Also remember this — ObamaCare includes a $3.9 BILLION tax hike for the Middle Class:
Taxpayers earning less than $200,000 a year will pay roughly $3.9 billion more in taxes — in 2019 alone — due to healthcare reform, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation, Congress's official scorekeeper.
Yet the lies continue, brazen as ever:
President Barack Obama in his Saturday radio address said the healthcare law keeps his campaign pledge to not raise taxes on the middle class. In his bid for the White House, he promised that individuals earning less than $200,000 and joint filers earning less than $250,000 would not see a tax increase under his watch.
The hike works by denying tax deductions for medical care. Hot Air comments:
Presently, those taxpayers who itemize their expenses can deduct medical care that costs more than 7.5% of their adjusted gross income (AGI)… What kinds of taxpayers have those high medical costs? The sick and the elderly, or at least older Americans still working and being productive. These are the people with massive medical bills who really need the tax deductions in order to pay the bills, and yet these are the very Americans on whose backs ObamaCare pays its own bills.
The bleeding hearts of our liberal rulers are several sizes too small.
Betraying his "read my lips" pledge deservedly destroyed the political career of George Bush Sr. But there's no chance of BHO getting what he deserves for the long-term damage he's inflicting on our economy, since those punishments went out with the Middle Ages.
On a tip from J.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:24 AM
The Obamunists running the Federal Government saddle us with a multi-trillion dollar health care entitlement, they take out more debt to cover unemployment extensions instead of taking it out of worthless spending programs, and they perform the neat trick of pouring more money into NASA while having the agency do less of its actual mission.
In this bizarro world we've lived in since... I think the day the sane world ended was either when Arafat won the Nobel Peace Prize or when David Lee Roth left Van Halen ... you have to look to France to find a country that's serious about its military, and to New Jersey for a state where a politician is enacting fiscal restraint.
Leftists, of course, are squealing...
The governor is hurting the environment and keeping green jobs out of the state.
The children will be the ones to suffer from your education cuts. "The real question is, who's for the kids, and who's for their raises? This isn't about the kids. Let's dispense with that portion of the argument. Don't let them tell you that ever again while they are reaching into your pockets."
Budget cuts are unfair. "The special interests have already begun to scream their favorite word--which, coincidentally, is my 9-year-old son's favorite word when we are making him do something he knows is right but does not want to do--'unfair.' . . . One state retiree, 49 years old, paid, over the course of his entire career, a total of $124,000 towards his retirement pension and health benefits. What will we pay him? $3.3 million in pension payments over his life, and nearly $500,000 for health care benefits--a total of $3.8 million on a $120,000 investment. Is that fair?"
My personal preference would be to have a White House Budget Director with the nickname "Chainsaw," but until then, I'll make do with Chris Christie
Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:15 AM
Only in America, from the tree-hugging, granola-crunching moonbats who comprise our twisted American educational system:
In a 16-page packet sent home with students, teacher Tonya Uibel alerted parents that all students in her third grade class would have to participate in the activity [a fashion show to honor Women's History Month], since it would be graded as an "end of unit" assignment. The packet also included suggestions of how students may dress, including fashions from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s like bellbottoms, poodle skirts and cheerleader outfits. Photographs of fashion icons like Twiggy and Madonna are also included.
"If your child is a young man, he does not have to wear a dress or skirt, as there are many time periods where women wore jeans, pants and trousers. However, each child must be able to express what time period their outfit is from. Most of all, your child should have fun creating their outfit and learning about how women's clothing has changed!"
Forcing pre-adolescent boys to wear women's clothing as a means to learn about history is perverted in the extreme. However, it certainly could open up new career opportunities for troubled young boys.
On a fishnet tip from Anonymous Countermoonbat.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:53 AM
First they ignore you.
Then they laugh at you.
Then they fight you.
Then you win.- Mohandas Gandhi
Former Democratic State Party Chairman Kathy Sullivan ... has been calling and e-mailing liberal activists trying to get them to attend tea parties in different parts of the state and hold signs denying the authenticity of President Barack Obama's birth certificate and make racially disparaging comments to reporters.
If the Tea Parties really were full of racists and idiots, the Dramacrats wouldn't have to be recruiting people to fake it, would they?
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:18 AM
According to a Navy memorandum obtained by Navy Times, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus notified Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead that he had selected "John P. Murtha" for the previously unnamed LPD 26. It's the latest example of the Navy breaking a convention for naming its warships; the previous ships in the San Antonio class have been named for American cities.
Murtha, remember, unapologetically accused American Marines of engaging in what he called "cold-blooded murder" while defending themselves from insurgent attack.
There is nothing good about who John Murtha was or what he did.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 4:30 AM
If you voted for Obamacare, be aware these doors will close before it goes into effect. ****Unless Congress or the Courts repeal the BILL.
So reads a sign out front of the office of Joseph M. Scherzer M.D., an Arizona dermatologist who sees the writing on the wall from ObamaCare.
Scherzer, who attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, has been a practicing Dermatologist in Scottsdale, Ariz., since 1976. Reached yesterday at his office, Dr. Scherzer, 63, said he plans to stop practicing before 2014 when the bill's full impact will be felt because he refuses to deal with the headache of increased government involvement in health care.
"I'm absolutely serious [about stopping practicing] and it's not just because I'll be nearing 65," Scherzer said. "The stress is what would push me out the door. From what I've gathered hearing from my friends and peers, most physicians I've heard from feel the same way."
Dr. Scherzer may be indicative of a first wave of ObamaCare-inspired retirements from medicine: older, wiser physicians with decades of experience and well-established practices, who simply cannot fathom watching their life's work morph into a twisted wad of government red tape. No doubt we will be hearing more stories just like this one as 2014 nears and physicians take the full measure of ObamaCare's intrusiveness. Combine this with predictions of a shortage of 150,000 doctors over the next 15 years and you have a prescription for disastrous socialized medicine in the US. We'll be lucky if we only get away with longer waits and higher costs.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:09 AM
"Whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower."
I am guessing in his case the answer is "not."
Could it be any more obvious that Hussein is ashamed and embarrassed by American military power? Is there any other way to interpret that statement?
France will not give up nuclear weapons because doing so would "jeopardise" its security, President Nicolas Sarkozy said this morning as global leaders gathered for a summit on nuclear security. "I cannot jeopardize the security and safety of my country," Sarkozy said to CBS News.
The American president is a socialist who despises American military power. The French president is a capitalist who believes in Peace Through Strength. What the hell kind of crazy bizarro world is this?
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:42 AM
A school superintendent in New Jersey says a "misunderstanding" led an elementary school teacher to mandate that all students -- including young boys -- dress as women in a now-canceled fashion show to honor Women's History Month.
The Fashion Show was --- by amazing coincidence --- timed to correspond with the "National Day of Silence" when students across the country are supposed to take vows of silence to
show what trendy politically-correct brainwashed little weenies they are support gay and lesbian students.
BTW, that "Crash the Tea Parties" website from last weekend... apparently, it was created by a public school teacher, on school time, using school resources.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:38 AM
"Do I think that [the] negative atmosphere that's been created by the Tea Party and by others certainly goes into the thinking of members? I think it does. I think you have to honestly point out that it does."
Gosh, you'd think it was a bad thing. Since when is forcing incumbents out of office bad? Most of the people who wrecked the economy in the first place are still in congress. Do we want a governing elite in perpetuity with no changeover? Especially an elite as criminally incompetent and corrupt as this one?
Getting corrupt politicians out of office is good for everyone... except other corrupt politicians.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:34 AM
A white man makes a joke to a black co-worker that a passing busybody judges to be "racially insensitive." (The black man was not offended.) The busybody lodges a formal complaint. The man is so devastated at the possibility of losing his job because of the accusation that he commits suicide.
Are the tolerance police satisfied with his act of contrition, or should we spit on his corpse, too?
April 13, 2010
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:42 PM
Remember when GM stood for General Motors? It made cars like this:
Now that it has been moonbatterized by Chairman Zero, GM stands for Government Motors. Here's what it's become:
There is nothing that moonbattery cannot make into a loathsome, shameful parody of what it ought to be.
On a tip from TrickleUpPolitics.
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:24 PM
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:05 PM
Some have become inured to Apple's incessant promotion of its adolescently trendoid public image, but boycotting patriot Glenn Beck, while devoting apps to communist executioner Che Guevara, goes too far for Moonbattery reader Marshman. Highlights from his letter to Steve Jobs:
You are making a mistake when you let your desire to be hip and cool lead you to make corporate decisions that alienate you from the vast majority of Americans to whom you wish to sell your products. … you distance yourselves and call unjust and despicable the "hate speech engaged in by Glenn Beck," yet you put on your App Store applications and books that lionize and supply quotes of Che Guevara, a hero only to Marxists and freedom-hating fools the world over. You despise Beck's commentary, calling it hateful, yet call Guevara a "great man" (read the descriptions of the various apps associated with this horrible communist), and offer for consumption by our people and our children products that seek to make him look like someone worthy of adoration or admiration. Bet you don't include in the apps containing Guevara's quotes the quotations wherein he said things like, "Blacks are indolent — they spend all their money on frivolities, booze, and women" or some of his quotes wherein he called Mexicans "monkey children." There is your hate speech, Mr. Jobs! …
Your company is an American one, built on the greatness that is America, though like so many others you choose to manufacture your products in Asia. You want Americans to buy your products, ogle over their cool factor and regard them as hip and desirable, yet you run down and fail to support the only American news outlet that actually offers something other than sycophantic tripe while simultaneously extolling non-existent virtues of a murderous communist like Guevara. You, along with the deaf, dumb and blind Congress and President, will soon see that there is a vast groundswell of conservatism in America. It will be revealed in the coming elections, and there will be a re-taking of the country by those who value its traditions, its rule of law, and its exceptional qualities.
Marshman has bought his last Apple product for awhile. He probably isn't alone.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 4:30 PM
As explained in this interview (25 years old, in fact) with Yuri Bezmenov, a former KGB official, we are already well along the way toward socialist-marxist rule. He describes the four stages of a communist takeover and at least the first two sound chillingly similar to what our nation has been going through over the last 50 years or more: Demoralization, Crisis, Normalization, and Destabilization.
With the redoubled efforts by Obama, his Democrat Congress, and liberal courts, are things spinning past that "Crisis" stage -- through ObamaCare, ObamaEd, ObamaFood, ObamaDeterrence, ObamaImmigration, ObamaCap-n-Trade? Or is this just all alarmism? Far-fetched? "It could never happen here"?
Think again, Patriots.
On a velvety tip from CommieBlaster.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:40 PM
Since leaving the Governorship of Alaska after a constant barrage of attacks on her children and costly nuisance "ethics" complaints --- one of which was because a fat democrat blogger didn't like the parka she wore to a snowmobile race --- Sarah Palin has done pretty well for herself.
Since leaving office at the end of July 2009, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee has brought in at least $12 million -- through television and book deals and a heavy schedule of speaking appearances worth five and six figures.
Great kids, a solid hunk of a husband, and $12 million. I can understand why so many women and gay bloggers are jealous. The money may not compensate for the vitriol, but I can testify that having a family to go home to is a great antidote to progressive attacks.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 3:00 PM
ObamaCare will expand considerably the demand for health care, that's a given. Already, consumers are confused, wondering where they can go sign up for their free doctor appointments. This increase in demand follows imposition of socialized medicine like night follows day and will have the effect of reducing the supply of doctors, as anyone with an elementary understanding of economics would understand.
Experts warn there won't be enough doctors to treat the millions of people newly insured under the law. At current graduation and training rates, the nation could face a shortage of as many as 150,000 doctors in the next 15 years, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.
That shortfall is predicted despite a push by teaching hospitals and medical schools to boost the number of U.S. doctors, which now totals about 954,000.
Primary-care physicians -- general practitioners, internists, family physicians and pediatricians -- will be in greatest demand. But polls show there is already reluctance among current physicians to even deal with ObamaCare; 46% would strongly consider leaving medicine. Says the WSJ article, these key areas of general practice have already been hit hard.
The U.S. has 352,908 primary-care doctors now, and the college association estimates that 45,000 more will be needed by 2020. But the number of medical-school students entering family medicine fell more than a quarter between 2002 and 2007.
A shortage of primary-care and other physicians could mean more-limited access to health care and longer wait times for patients.
And, now that the government has taken over the student loan industry, you can rest assured that any medical students seeking government-backed loans will become cogs in the ObamaCare machine, with little freedom to choose what specialty they practice and where. Talk about conditions that would suck the wind out of any but the most determined budding young pre-meds out there and sack our nation with a Canada-style doctor shortage.
There was never a shortage of available care under the old system. The lies that spurred ObamaCare's passage will guarantee shortages unless this abomination is either repealed or replaced. Good luck with that, America.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 2:58 PM
The media works itself into a lather over sexual abuses in the Catholic Church which --- abominable though they were and horrific though the church's handling of them was --- occurred 20 or 30 years ago. These cases have already been litigated, the guilty have been punished or are dead, and the church has paid hundreds of millions to the victims. Most importantly, the church has cleaned up its act, which is why current cases of abuse are far more rare than what happens in, for example, the public schools.
Or the halls of Congress, for that matter. A Democrat Congressman, Eric Massa, resigned under a cloud of scandal, but you won't hear even 1/1000th of the media hype of his recent scandal as you will about Catholic Scandals from the Disco Era.
Just three months after Eric Massa was elected to Congress, his young male employees on Capitol Hill began complaining to supervisors that the lawmaker was making aggressive, sexual overtures toward them, according to new interviews and internal documents.
This account, drawn from more than two dozen interviews and internal documents, shows that aides were accusing the 50-year-old married lawmaker of far more egregious behavior than previously known. Beginning in March 2009 and over the next several months, male staffers complained that their boss had touched them in a sexual manner, came up with reasons to have staffers travel alone with him on overnight trips, and expressed a desire to have sex with the men in the office.
And the Catholic-haters will whine, "That's because the scandal isn't just the sexual abuse, it's the way it was covered up by the church hierarchy."
It wasn't until after a year of staff complaints -- when allegations about Massa's behavior threatened to become a public embarrassment -- that supervisors alerted congressional leaders to the problem.
What were you saying again about covering up the abuses? ( *cough* Gerry Studds! Jeff Rosato! Sam Adams! Gary Becker! Mel Reynolds! Neil Goldscmidt! *cough*)
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:55 PM
Since we're all flush with cash thanks to Comrade Obama's booming economy, now would be a good time to provide translators of Ket and Dadibi and every other obscure language at police stations across the country. After all, we don't have borders anymore, and foreign criminals who don't speak English have a civil right for us to speak their language:
The Justice [sic] Department has been reviewing police departments around the country to see how they deal with people who don't speak English.
Next up on the audit list is New York City.
Justice Department officials say their routine audit of the NYPD will look at whether language barriers during police encounters lead to violations of civil rights laws.
The NYPD already has the largest staff of multilingual officers in the country, but it could never be large enough to please the Injustice Department, which busies itself harassing the police while criminal threats to democracy like the Black Panthers and ACORN are studiously ignored.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 11:35 AM
Step right this way! More mysteries from the muddled minds that brought you ObamaCare! One of the key charges of the legislation -- holding down rate hikes from those evil health care insurance companies -- has a bit of a loophole problem.
Public outrage over double-digit rate hikes for health insurance may have helped push President Obama's healthcare overhaul across the finish line, but the new law does not give regulators the power to block similar increases in the future.
And now, with some major companies already moving to boost premiums and others poised to follow suit, millions of Americans may feel an unexpected jolt in the pocketbook.
Although Democrats promised greater consumer protection, the overhaul does not give the federal government broad regulatory power to prevent increases.
"It is a very big loophole in health reform," Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said. Feinstein and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) are pushing legislation to expand federal and state authority to prevent insurance companies from boosting rates excessively.
We already knew that ObamaCare would increase costs of health care and health insurance, but Congress is only now appreciating it. Legislators were stupid enough to legislate away their own Cadillac government health care, but it should have been an utter no-brainer to set in motion mandatory rate-hike caps that would crush the health insurance industry -- the next logical step toward a single-payer system.
These clowns in Congress can't even do progressive legislation right. Is someone keeping a list of ObamaCare screw-ups somewhere? Pre-existing condition insurance for children... Congressional coverage... no rate hike caps... it's easy to lose track.
Hat tip: Human Events, on a tip from Bill.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 10:53 AM
Massachusetts Congresspervert Barney Frank ... a/k/a "The Banking Queen" .. got an earful from some unhappy doctors on a recent flight.
The problem started soon after the ophthalmologists - two sisters on their way to a conference in Boston - boarded the Virgin flight. When they discovered that Frank was sitting nearby, the women loudly dissed the landmark health care bill as an "Obamanation."
Now, here we have two doctors whose livelihoods are being compromised, who are basically being made into serfs of the state, trying to have a dialogue about an important issue. But would the people's representative listen? No, he just called them "bitchy" and ignored them.
The Banking Queen, by the way, was returning from Los Angeles, where a minority grievance group had given him an award for supporting the "give mortgages to people who can't pay them back" policies that torpedoed the economy.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:48 AM
Sooner or later, the sordid truth about the cesspool that spawned Barack Obama will seep through the mainstream media's blockade. We know that Obama was a red diaper baby, and that his mentor as a child was the child-molesting, drug-dealing communist Frank Marshall Davis. So radical was Davis that the FBI had him on a list of traitors to be rounded up if an attempt was made to overthrow the government. Young B. Hussein was hooked up with Davis by his grandfather Stanley Dunham, who was left to raise BHO after his African communist father and hippy sleazebag mother had both abandoned him. Now we learn that the FBI was keeping tabs on Dunham too:
"The FBI confirms that a file was maintained on Obama's grandfather, Stanley Armour Dunham," states Cliff Kincaid, the journalist who runs the public policy group, America's Survival, Inc. (ASI). "This is a troubling development in the effort to understand the Marxism that drives Obama's policies as president today." …
Dubbed "Gramps" by Obama, Dunham has been depicted in news reports as a patriot who served in the U.S. Army in World War II. But he had a close relationship with Communist Party USA (CPUSA) member Frank Marshall Davis in Hawaii, who reportedly drank and smoke pot with Dunham.
Davis was not only a communist but a pornographer who wrote a semi-biographical novel about having sex with a 13-year-old girl. He mentored Obama for as many as nine years of his young life in Hawaii.
Dunham, who was white, had picked Davis as a mentor for Obama because he thought the youngster, whose father had abandoned the family, needed a black role model. Davis, who was black, fit the bill. "It was a terrible decision," Kincaid commented. "He turned over the young Obama to a communist sex pervert for moral guidance."
While the exact nature of the Dunham file will be a topic for speculation, Kincaid said that it is likely that some of the information was related to Dunham's relationship with Davis. Kincaid's ASI had previously obtained the 600-page FBI file on Davis and posted it at usasurvival.org. It shows that Davis was a key high-level operative in a Soviet-sponsored network in Hawaii.
Now the file on Dunham has been destroyed. Its previous existence only became known because of a Freedom of Information Act request.
This is why until recently presidential candidates were vetted. But vetting wasn't necessary in the case of the Manchurian Moonbat; all his supporters ever wanted to know is that he's a left-wing black guy with a name like a terrorist.
On a tip from Fiberal.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 10:25 AM
Some in the media are a little slow in figuring out the copious problems buried in ObamaCare. Apparently, so are most of the lawmakers who voted for it.
In a new report, the Congressional Research Service says the law may have significant unintended consequences for the "personal health insurance coverage" of senators, representatives and their staff members.
For example, it says, the law may "remove members of Congress and Congressional staff" from their current coverage, in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, before any alternatives are available.
The OMG line from this article:
The confusion raises the inevitable question: If they did not know exactly what they were doing to themselves, did lawmakers who wrote and passed the bill fully grasp the details of how it would influence the lives of other Americans?
If the New York Times is stunned, can you imagine how Pelosi and Reid feel. Oh, this is so horrible for their fellow Democrats in Congress, who bravely stood firm and voted for ObamaCare. Surely they must now write new legislation to fix these problems and protect their sorry Democrat arses from the medical care travesty they inflicted on the rest of the nation.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:53 AM
Two Republicans in New Orleans for the Southern Republican Leadership Congress reportedly received severe beatings, quite likely from anarchists outraged that they were wearing Sarah Palin pins.
Allee Bautsch, chief campaign fundraiser for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and her boyfriend Joe Brown, were savagely beaten Friday night in New Orleans after leaving a Republican party fundraising dinner by a group of thugs who reportedly targeted the couple because they were wearing Sarah Palin pins.
If this story is true, will Tina Fey, Keith Olbermann, and the Dramacrat Leadership that has deliberately targeted Sarah Palin in their fundraising take responsibility for the violence they have instigated? I mean, progressives have to be aware that the constant attacks and vitriol directed against Sarah Palin (e.g. the wolf-slaughtering, religious hypocrite, quitter with the slut daughter who took advantage of that sweetheart Levi Johnston) could result in some members of their team engaging in violence?
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Posted by Dave Blount at 9:44 AM
Last Friday, someone going by the name "dermdoc" posted a thread on a message board for Texas A&M students and alumni with this topic: "Laid off my first Obama voting employee today."
"Our reimbursement rates are spiraling downward, taxes are projected to go up with Obamacare, so I did it," the person wrote. He later added: "I made this decision because I can."
"It is kind of interesting watching their face as you explain to them the economic consequences of the policies of the guy they voted for," wrote dermdoc. …
"My office manager and med business guru have calculated that this is just the beginning. Tax rates are going to go through the roof with additional Obamacare taxes AND the expiration of the Bush tax cuts," he added. "And most analysts think reimbursement rates for docs will go down about 20-25% the next 2 years, and that is BEFORE Obamacare really kicks in."
dermdoc wrote that he feels "kind of feel like the Hollywood lib directors who wouldn't give parts to conservative actors."
"The most interesting thing was seeing the reactions of other employees who came to the startling realization that their support of a guy who hurts my business could cost them their job," he wrote.
"And what a lot of you guys and gals don't seem to understand is that as long as I make the money, pay the bills, pay the taxes, pay the salaries, assume all the legal liability, etc., that I can do just about what I want to (as can every other business owner in the US)," he added. "And that is what really, really pisses of Obama and his minions. Unintended consequences are a beeyatch."
Not to worry, libs. Obama et al. are doing whatever they can to put an end to private individuals making their own decisions.
While dermdoc has every right to be enraged, he's not really such a hard case.
dermdoc eventually took a more conciliatory tone after another poster said he knew him and that he was a good person.
"Okay, I am outed," he wrote. "I hate having to lay off anybody, but I had to for obvious reasons. Fortunately as stated earlier, I think the employee will get another job. Business owners and the 'rich' are not going to pay for Obamacare, the middle class is. We will cut costs via layoffs and raise prices or find someway to pass on the costs to YOU."
"That is the way business works," he added. "…If that makes me an ahole, so be it."
No, that makes those who voted for a socialist be aholes. The good news is that most of them will get what they deserve for doing this to our country. The bad news is that we will get what they deserve too.
On a tip from Byron.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:15 AM
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:10 AM
Comrade Obama gives his obeisance to the guy he sold your children to, mainland China's top commie, Hu Jintao:
At least we don't have to worry about him bowing to our allies. He hates their guts, and the feeling is becoming mutual.
Just how out of touch does Chairman Zero have to be not to realize that his habit of bowing obsequiously to America's rivals while blowing his nose at friends like Britain and Israel is not playing in Peoria?
On a tip from Nancz.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:41 AM
A glimpse of the future of pharmacology, now that the Flower Power generation at the helm of the federal government has seized control of the healthcare system:
Scientists are taking a new look at hallucinogens, which became taboo among regulators after enthusiasts like Timothy Leary promoted them in the 1960s with the slogan "Turn on, tune in, drop out." Now, using rigorous protocols and safeguards, scientists have won permission to study once again the drugs' potential for treating mental problems and illuminating the nature of consciousness. …
Researchers from around the world are gathering this week in San Jose, Calif., for the largest conference on psychedelic science held in the United States in four decades. They plan to discuss studies of psilocybin and other psychedelics for treating depression in cancer patients, obsessive-compulsive disorder, end-of-life anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and addiction to drugs or alcohol.
A retired psychologist reports on his participation in an experiment at Johns Hopkins:
"All of a sudden, everything familiar started evaporating," he recalled. "Imagine you fall off a boat out in the open ocean, and you turn around, and the boat is gone. And then the water's gone. And then you're gone."
Like, groovy man. Plus other people will be paying for it! Like, while I'm tripping, their paychecks will be gone. Far out!
On tips from Ianto and Scott.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 5:45 AM
With the Democrats on the defensive and getting beaten up in the polls by their constituents, they are doing what any vicious scared animal does when cornered: lash out. You'll be hearing more rhetoric about the Republicans as "the Party of No" as the frightened Demonrats try to scrap and bite their way to the high ground. But really now, which one is truly the Party of No?
Democrats say no to balanced budgets. They say no to lower taxes. They say no to smaller government. They say no to states' rights. They say no to gun rights. They say no to the rights of the unborn. They say no to sensible immigration laws. They say no to policies that would encourage private-sector job growth. They say no to tort reform. They say no to sensible, targeted health care reform. They say no to pro-growth environmental regulations. They say no to education reform that rewards results instead of teachers' unions. They say no to bipartisanship. They say no to moderate nominees for federal courts. They say no to ending affirmative-action handouts, preferences and quotas. They say no to welfare reform. They say no to tough laws for criminals. They say no to a strong national defense. They say no to families. They say no to faith.
With the nation turning closer toward God, family, frugality, moderation, fair taxes, true leadership, and patriotism, we have a Democrat president and congressional leadership who are rushing the other way. Is there any serious argument as to which is the real Party of No anymore?
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:08 AM
On the right, our heroes are courageous warriors like Lt. Zilberman; a Navy pilot who sacrificed his life to save the lives of his crew.
A Google News Search for "Steve Zilberman" comes up with all of 17 articles. The WikiLeaks story about the video that supposedly shows an American helicopter crew shooting "unarmed civilians" -- 1,352 Articles.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:42 AM
Yes, I've read a poem. Try not to faint.
In related news, moonbat-run, bankrupt Los Angeles is simply not investigating murders because there is no money to pay detectives overtime. I'd be interested to know if El Lay has laid off any diversity coordinators, environmental compliance bureaucrats, or community relations specialists.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:01 AM
The son of Libyan Dictator Moammar Gaddafi savagely beat up two of his servants in the President Wilson Hotel in Geneva, Switzerland and was arrested by Swiss police. If you or I did that, we'd probably be righteously locked up, right? But that's because our fathers aren't tinpot dictators that scare Europeans. The senior Gaddafi immediately took two Swiss businessmen as hostages, demanding the release of his son -- which happened --- and a humiliating apology from the Swiss... which was, of course, obsequiously delivered.
In return, Gaddafi released one of the hostages, but threw the other into one of Libya's worst prisons. Meanwhile, the EU responded by imposing sanctions... against Switzerland for insulting the Libyans!
Guess who Chairman Zero's regime is siding with in this dispute?
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:45 AM
The Dramacrats want to extend unemployment benefits by taking out more deficit spending. Most Republicans are okay with the unemployment extension, but want it paid for by taking the money out of other programs.
Could someone explain to me what is so frickin' unreasonable about the Republican position?
"Let's have a little heart. Let's have a little compassion. Let's have a little understanding of what these people are going through every day in their lives, the stress that they have. Let's do the right thing, and extend the unemployment benefits for one month."
If it's so bloody important, then why not take the money out of the stimulus pork like Republicans wanted to do?
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 2:57 AM
Happy dance, everyone!
April 12, 2010
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:00 PM
Union workers, ever wonder what the left-wing leadership thinks of you? Gerry Hudson offers a clue. He's executive VP of the SEIU, the nation's most powerful union, thanks to its close ties to Obama. If you're Caucasian, he thinks you're "f**king rabidly racist."
In other words, he regards you as the enemy. But keep paying your dues.
Via Breitbart.tv, on a tip from Milton.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 4:05 PM
Ignore for a moment the fact that only half of the country pays all of the income taxes, more or less. How much does it cost to just comply with the United States Tax Code? Too damn much. $338 Billion (more than $1000 per legal American citizen), not to mention the immense cost in time -- the IRS itself estimates that Americans spend 7.6 billion hours a year dealing with the complexities. More fun facts below.
Take-home lesson from the video: Heads they win, tails you lose.
Homework: Read more here on the wonders of our perverted tax system and some saner alternatives.
Hat tip: Big Government.
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:02 PM
With Big Government in control of the economy, everything is either banned or subsidized — unless it's both:
The European Union introduced a ban on seal products after spending more than £260,000 on promoting the seal hunting industry, including a cookbook with a recipe for "Seal Wellington".
Swedish, Finnish and Norwegian hunters who legally cull seals for conservation reasons are angry that they must now bury or burn the bodies because of an EU ban agreed last year.
Under the EU ban all commercial trade in seal based products, ranging from valuable skins, meat and oil, which is used in Omega-3 capsules, is forbidden.
Ake Granstrom of the Swedish Association for Hunting and Wildlife Management wants to know,
"Why can't we market what we are allowed to hunt? It is crazy."
Crazy is the word for it all right. Unless you want to use the word "liberal."
European taxpayers can take solace that at least the cookbook they paid for can be read in Canada, where restrictions have been placed on other European products in retaliation over the seal products ban.
Where government intrudes, everyone loses.
On a tip from Oiao.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:07 PM
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:00 PM
The demented notion of arresting Pope Benedict is picking up steam. Encouraged by the Easter-time frenzy of anti-Catholic bigotry whipped up by the mainstream media, prominent anti-God moonbats Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens have signed onto the cause:
Two leading atheist campaigners are planning a legal ambush to have the Pope arrested during his state visit to Britain for 'crimes against humanity'.
Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens — who have both written books promoting atheism — have asked human rights lawyers to produce a case for charging Pope Benedict XVI over his alleged cover-up of sexual abuse in the Catholic church. …
Dawkins and Hitchens believe the Pope would be unable to claim diplomatic immunity from arrest because, although his tour is categorised as a state visit, he is not the head of a state recognised by the United Nations.
As all moonbats know, there is no higher authority than the UN. Suggesting otherwise may soon be an offence punishable by imprisonment.
On a tip from Arch Conservative.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 12:25 PM
Perhaps it was only a matter of time before the reality of Blue-State Massachusetts set in with it's new U.S. Senator. You see, now he has chosen to shun the folks that helped get him elected.
U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, whose stunning victory in January was fueled in part by Tea Party anger, has snubbed the fiery grassroots group and declined its invitation to join Sarah Palin Wednesday at a massive rally on Boston Common, the Herald has learned.
Brown's decision to skip the first big rally in Boston by the group whose members are credited with helping him win election has some experts saying he's tossed the Tea Party overboard, as he prepares for re-election in 2012.
"He wants to mainstream himself before the election," said Larry Sabato, a University of Virginia political scientist.
Mainstreaming - isn't that something you do with a needle and a spoon? Or, maybe Scotty is seeing the reception that RINO senators have been getting across the nation and is thinking to himself "Hey, I can do that too!"
Either way, something smells like this just isn't going to go over very well with voters in 2012. Don't hold your breath about Sen. Playgirl holding that seat.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:39 AM
For an idea of how GM and Chrysler will be run, now that they have been swallowed up by Big Government and turned over to the UAW, look to hyper-unionized Europe:
Scores of Carlsberg workers walked off their jobs in protest Thursday after the Danish brewer tightened laid-back rules on workplace drinking and removed beer coolers from work sites, a company spokesman said.
The warehouse and production workers in Denmark are rebelling against the company's new alcohol policy, which allows them to drink beer only during lunch hours in the canteen. Previously, they could help themselves to beer throughout the day, from coolers placed around the work sites.
…around 800 workers went on strike Wednesday and around 250 walked off their jobs Thursday, resulting in interruptions to beer transports in and around Copenhagen.
Carlsberg's truck drivers joined the strike in sympathy — even though they are exempt from the new rules…
No wonder Carlsberg tastes like gray water from the washing machine. Employees are probably passing out in the vats.
Coming soon from Barry O and the Dems: card check, so that thug tactics can be used to unionize everyone. No word on whether we'll all get free beer.
On a tip from Anonymous Countermoonbat.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:08 AM
The ultimate objective of every Democrat policy is to increase the power of government, correspondingly lessening the autonomy of the individual. A favored means of accomplishing this is through liberalism's main secondary objective: pushing the unemployment rate as high as possible.
An employed American, like an armed American, isn't helpless enough for the State's liking. That's why, with one in five of us out of work, Comrade Obama is churning out green cards:
The Department of Homeland Security has just reported that during 2009, they issued 1,130,818 new Green Cards to foreign nationals, allowing them to work legally in this country. That number represents the fourth highest number of cards issued in one year.
Far and away the number 1 recipient is Third World Mexico, which is already inundating us with illegal aliens. Meanwhile…
In Feb. 2009, the financial institution Merrill Lynch announced that the nation's actual unemployment rate had reached 13.9 percent. A year later, that number had risen to 17.3 percent. This figure represents Americans who have been laid off from full-time positions and are now working part-time, as well as those who have simply stopped looking for work, and workers whose unemployment benefits have run out.
The official unemployment figure given monthly by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is now listed around 10 percent, but represents only those Americans currently receiving unemployment checks, and is not truly indicative of the dire employment situation now facing the U.S.
In 1931, the second full year of the Great Depression, the average rate of unemployment was 16.3 percent, with U.S. unemployment peaking at 25 percent in 1933. We now sit in between those two disastrous figures, with an ever-worsening economy.
The Great Depression was the Golden Age of liberal statism, which is why our progressive rulers are deliberately reenacting it. If they are able to push through Cap & Trade and Amnesty, 25% unemployment ought to be a cinch.
On a tip from Infidel Joe.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 11:04 AM
Since the progressives have decided that health care is a basic entitlement, then why not food? Like health care, food is inequitably distributed through the private market system. As with health care, people do not always make the decisions bureaucrats would make for them. As with health care, the state has already nosed itself into the system with food stamps. So, why not begin the process of socializing food distribution?
NY Dingbat Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is way ahead of you.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand proposed $1 billion in loans and grants Monday to help build 2,100 grocery stores in areas around the nation that lack access to fresh food.
Under her proposal, the Government would borrow and spend a billion dollars to build supermarkets in places liberal social policies have driven them out of (like Detroit) and in places liberal policies won't let Wal-Mart build stores to provide choice, affordable food
"We can give people the opportunity to live longer, healthier lives, save billions in health care costs, and create tens of thousands of good-paying jobs,"
One supposes this means these government-subsidized food stores won't be stocking potato chips, bacon, candy, junk food, or soda.
Hat Tip: AoS HQ
Posted by The MaryHunter at 10:45 AM
We all know how well President Bush's "No Child Left Behind" worked -- perhaps one of the best examples of good intentions gone horribly awry. Now we have an added insult to the injury that is our educational system: what can only be called ObamaEd.
President Obama has extended federal control over health care and is now trying to centralize education policy by imposing Washington's dictates on states and local jurisdictions. Though aimed at improvement, the president's agenda will weaken strong state standards, set in motion a domino effect of education nationalization, and marginalize ordinary Americans.
Obama-ed started with the president's $4 billion Race to the Top (RTTT) competitive funding program, which required states to commit to adopt common, i.e. national, standards in core subjects. Next, Mr. Obama informed the nation's governors that, if he has his way, states would have to adopt national standards to receive federal Title I funds for disadvantaged students.
Just as with nationalizing anything, this would spell the end of quality in America -- in this case, of quality education. Here's a taste of things to come:
The proposed standards don't require mastery of single-digit addition until the end of the second grade and don't require mastery of single-digit multiplication until the end of the fourth grade.
Further, whereas California's eighth-grade algebra standards are rigorous and complete, [...] in the proposed national math standards "only bits and pieces of algebra are present in grade 8, with very little connection among them." The study also notes that the national standards push an unproven method of teaching geometry that Russia tried and discarded 25 years ago.
What's more, PTAs across the nation will be effectively neutered, as parents will have to cede educational decisions affecting their children completely to the federal government.
Faced with national standards, national testing and a national curriculum, it will be nearly impossible for grassroots parents and community members to effect change when problems arise. In contrast, powerful Washington-based bureaucrats and special interests will be strategically positioned to influence content, tests and curriculum. Rather than promoting excellence, one-size-fits-all national standards and curriculum will stifle competition and could lock in mediocrity on a countrywide scale.
You didn't remember hearing about this until... oh, idunno -- today?
Unlike the prolonged debate over health care, the public was given a criminally short three-week period, ending in early April, to comment on the draft national standards. As a result, the nationalization of education may occur before most people are even aware of what's at stake. Welcome to Obama-ed, America.
With ObamaCare they've already begun stealing our bodies from us. ObamaEd is nothing other than a play by Chairman Zero to steal our children's minds.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 10:42 AM
President Obama said Sunday that the United States is still "working on" democracy and a top aide said he has taken "historic steps" to improve democracy in the United States during his time in office.
I think when he said "democracy" he meant "socialism."
The irony that he said this less than a month after passing health care legislation opposed by large majorities of the people is not lost.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:24 AM
We have reached the point where even pop stars offer more constructive, mature, and wholesome advice than the authorities running our institutions. Lady Gaga
recently told Daily Mail that she thinks her fans should be abstinent. Gaga stated "it's cooler to be strong and independent" rather than have sex all the time. She was passionate about the message she's trying to send out and feels a "responsibility" to her fans.
"I can't believe I'm saying this — don't have sex. I'm single right now and I've chosen to be single because I don't have the time to get to know anybody," she said. "So it's OK not to have sex, it's OK to get to know people. I'm celibate, celibacy's fine."
Lady Gaga gives away free condoms at her concerts, just like educrats do in our schools. But unlike liberal establishmentarians, she can say the word "abstinence" without sneering in derision.
On a tip from Nancy.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:01 AM
It seems only yesterday we could laugh at the French. But then came Hopey Change. If the European Union Times is to be believed,
A new report circulating in the Kremlin [last Friday] authored by France's Directorate-General for External Security (DGSE) and recently "obtained" by the FSB [Russia's Federal Security Service] shockingly quotes French President Nicolas Sarkozy as stating that President Barack Obama is "a dangerous[ly] aliéné", which translates into his, Obama, being a "mad lunatic", or in the American vernacular, "insane".
According to this report, Sarkozy was "appalled" at Obama's "vision" of what the World should be under his "guidance" and "amazed" at the American Presidents unwillingness to listen to either "reason" or "logic". Sarkozy's meeting where these impressions of Obama were formed took place nearly a fortnight ago at the White House in Washington D.C., and upon his leaving he "scolded" Obama and the US for not listening closely enough to what the rest of the World has to say.
Reportedly, Sarko is enraged because in the clash of civilizations between the West and Islam, Chairman Zero has predictably been siding with Islam.
Although the story should be taken with a grain of salt, BHO has certainly done very little to earn the respect of our (former?) allies, despite all the nauseating "the world will like us again" rhetoric we were subjected to by liberal fools.
On tips from Edward, Henry, and Hail The Amberlamps!
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:32 AM
I wonder if there is a strategic application of SPDS; if we could use it to get the progressive left worked up putting energy and hate onto someone who is not running for office, and then elect a whole bunch of conservatives while they are distracted.
Oh wait, that's what we're already doing.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:59 AM
A property tax take even larger than was expected has given Los Angeles a brief reprieve, but bankruptcy still looms in the near future of the country's second largest city as a direct result of the environmentally correct but economically insane decrees of California's moonbat rulers.
Los Angeles Department of Water & Power has been withholding a desperately needed $73.5 million payment to the city in lieu of a rate hike that it has been denied. Here's why the nation's largest utility has to raise its rates:
Utility officials say they need those higher rates to help cover the costs of investing in renewable energy, such as wind and solar, that are mandated by state and municipal laws.
Apparently, the petty tyrants in charge of turning the Golden State into a second Rustbelt didn't realize that there is a very large price to be paid for imposing inefficient means to generate electricity.
No problem; this is the era of Hopey Change. Big Government can just seize the money. Except…
David Freeman, the utility's acting general manager, went further than earlier statements that it would withhold the money, telling the controller in a letter, "There is no surplus money to transfer at this time." That prompted [Los Angeles City Controller Wendy] Greuel [great name for a bureaucrat] to order an immediate audit of the agency to confirm that the funds weren't available, a move the utility said it welcomes.
What was that Margaret Thatcher said about socialists eventually running out of other people's money?
Fortunately La-La Land bureauweenies now realize that sound governance cannot be sacrificed to their greener-than-thou political posturing. The absurd green energy mandates will be repealed at once — just kidding. Characteristically, liberals are reacting to this self-imposed crisis by asking themselves, What would Hugo Chavez do?
City Councilman Greig Smith moved to put a measure on next March's ballot that would ask voters to allow it to shift control of the utility — and its massive budget — under the auspices of the council.
Once the bureaucrats have seized direct control, the numbers don't have to add up anymore — at least, not until California's taxpayers run out of money too. Then comes the federal bailout.
On a tip from Byron.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:55 AM
Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:28 AM
Definitely want to hold the pickles.
Courtesy of FAILblog.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:10 AM
The success of
Avatar Pocahontas in Outer Space Dances with Smurfs has led director James Cameron to believe he's some king of bong-hit Saint in the Environmentalist religion. He went down to Brazil to pester some natives and protest the construction of a dam and other technological developments that would lift hundreds of thousands out of poverty.
The dam is a "quintessential example of the type of thing we are showing in 'Avatar' -- the collision of a technological civilization's vision for progress at the expense of the natural world and the cultures of the indigenous people that live there," he said.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:24 AM
New York hipsters can't be bothered to fill out the Census form because filling out Government forms is only cool if it leads to a welfare check or a Government grant.
NPR notes that the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn has the lowest rate of return in New York City. Williamsburg is the home of many a "hipster."Only about 30 percent of [Williamsburg] residents are returning their forms. Apparently Williamsburg's plethora of young, recent graduates with ironic mustaches and plaid shirts are apparently too busy tweeting to fill out a simple census form.
"I guess it's laziness and like, what's the point? When it comes down to it, nobody wants to fill out like another form that's just like getting sent to your house that really relatively has nothing to do with your life."
He says people should get paid $5 to fill out their census forms, that way it's worthwhile.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:24 AM
If a regular British subject... a Christian, or an atheist... throws a shoe at a politician, he can be arrested for attempt assault. If a Muslim throws a shoe at a politician, it's okay because shoe-throwing is part of his culture.
Equal Justice Under Law? Who needs it, right? Tolerance for other cultures is where it's at, man? You dig?
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:19 AM
The leftist hippies at WikiLeaks who released the altered video that falsely claimed American helicopter pilots had opened fire on "unarmed" civilians are now indulging their persecution fantasies by claiming the CIA is stalking them.
Julian Assange, one of the founders of Wikileaks, has claimed that a restaurant where the group met in Reykjavic, the capital of Iceland, came under surveillance in March and one of the group's volunteers was detained for 21 hours by police. Assange, an Australian, says he was followed on a flight from Reykjavik to Copenhagen by two American agents.
The fact is, the CIA is a toothless bureaucracy that exists primarily to give jobs to the frat buddies of politicians. It's not going around stalking and killing enemies of the United States. If it did that, it might be worth something.
Morning Briefs for Monday Item #1: Another Congresscritter Shows His Blowful Ignorance of the Constitution
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:04 AM
Good Morning Right-Wing Patriots, Good Morning You Other Guys,
I guess I won't be getting my big fat check from Rupert Murdoch this week (snicker), because this time, it's a Republican who's an embarrassment: Frank LoBiondo of New Joisey.
I guess I'm just no good at being a partisan hack.
April 11, 2010
Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:27 PM
My esteemed colleague Gregory of Yardale's recent post, reporting HuffPo's self-contemplative lamentation over the non-gorgeousness of lefty women, begged re-posting of this updated montage from January 2010. Call it a visual reinforcement that conservatives are getting it right in more ways than one.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:13 PM
In South Africa, a young radical is leading the African National Congress (ANC) Youth League and pledging war against white farmers and landowners. Julius Malema, 28, is a radical racist and an open admirer of brutal African dictator Robert Mugabe.
During a visit to Harare earlier this month, Malema, arguably the country's most controversial politician, congratulated Mugabe's henchmen for seizing white-owned land and encouraged them to grab the remaining property. He then suggested that South Africa should adopt Mugabe's policies.
Inciting race-ratred has been as lucrative for Malema as it has been for Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson in our country.
Malema has prospered since becoming the leader of the youth league. He now lives in a £700,000 penthouse in the upmarket Johannesburg suburb of Sandton and drives a customised Range Rover. He boasts a Louis Vuitton attaché case, a choice of Rolex and Breitling watches and Gucci outfits. South African newspapers claim he is a multimillionaire and his wealth has been accrued even though he had no previous employment before joining the youth league.
I guess you could call him a community organizer.
We should expect no expressions of protest from Chairman Zero's Regime, much less from the self-righteous hippie left who were so outraged over apartheid back in the day. They didn't make a peep when Mugabe started killing white people, and they won't complain when it happens again.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 4:25 PM
Mark Steyn's sobering thoughts on taxation will make you grimace even more as you click that final submit button on TurboTax.
Half a decade back, it was just under 40 percent who paid no federal income tax; now it's just under 50 percent. By 2012, America could be holding the first federal election in which a majority of the population will be able to vote themselves more government lollipops paid for by the ever-shrinking minority of the population still dumb enough to be net contributors to the federal treasury. In less than a quarter-millennium, the American Revolution will have evolved from "No taxation without representation" to representation without taxation.
We are now not merely disincentivizing economic energy but actively waging war on it. If 51 percent can vote themselves government lollipops from the other 49 percent, soon, 60 percent will be shaking down the remaining 40 percent, and then 70 percent will be sticking it to the remaining 30 percent. How low can it go?
How long, indeed, before that "bitter half" will become the "bitter fifth"? WWJGD?
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:04 PM
On Monday, Chairman Zero announced it's new nuclear response posture, which repudiated the use of nuclear weapons in response to a biological or chemical weapons attack. And also renounced the development of new nuclear weapons against the advice of his Secretary of State.
On Wednesday, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin rebuked the president for telling other nations the US would not respond in kind to a WMD attack.
On Thursday, Chairman Zero sniffed that a former governor doesn't understand nuclear policy nearly as well as a community organizer. (I repeat, he defied his own Defense Secretary by forswearing the development of new nuclear weapons to replace the USA's rapidly obsolescing arsenal. Which kind of demolishes the talking point that his judgment is supported by the SecDef.)
On Friday, "Caribou Barbie" (the wolf-killing chillbilly with the slut daughter) again slammed the Zero Regime for playing snugglebunnies with America's enemies (Hugo Chavez, Mahmoud Ahmadinnerjacket) while alienating our allies (Britain, Colombia, Honduras, Israel).
"If we can prove that a biological attack originated in a country that attacked us, then all bets are off."
I don't really believe Hilldog means it. No one realistically expects Chairman Zero to respond to a terrorist attack with anything stronger than a harshly-worded UN condemnation. Our enemies have already smelled his weakness. But the fact that Sarah Palin forced him to even rhetorically backtrack says something.
BTW, SNL offered a lame sketch on Saturday that had the Sarah Palin Derangement Syndrome club clapping like trained seals.
For whatever its worth, I think I have a pretty reasonable opinion of Sarah Palin. I think she has good common sense, and she did some impressive things as governor of Alaska; but she hasn't shown enough grasp of policy to convince me she's presidential material. Which is a whole lot more reasonable than the "She's so stupid I hate her and her kids and I want them to get cancer and die! die! die!" opinion of the Sarah Palin Derangement club.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 2:29 PM
Gina Welch, an atheist, went slumming at an Evangelical Church, and was surprised to find that the media stereotype of religious folk as stupid, brainwashed drones did not meet the reality of what she experienced.
The media often portrays evangelicals as brainwashed, simpleminded and angry. My book isn't the story of falling in love with everybody. There were some people who seemed to sit perfectly into the picture that I'd always had of evangelical Christians. For me what was missing from the media portrait was complexity.
When Jerry Falwell died, she learned what a bunch of callous pricks the people in her progressive, secular circle of friends were.
I felt unexpectedly saddened. In my [nonreligious] world people were celebrating, people were exuberant. I felt that he wasn't being fairly represented. I'd grown this affinity for him simply by being intoxicated by his charisma. That sadness was unacceptable to show to people from my world because it seemed like it might suggest that I was supporting Jerry Falwell.
Read the complete story at Newsbusters.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 1:50 PM
In case there are any doubters left that environmentalism is a religion, the author of Eco-Sex: Go Green Between the Sheets and Make Your Love Life Sustainable warns of ten sins a Green acolyte might make in the course of pursuing recreational sex, and how to avoid them, thus might Gaia favor thee, and make thy days long in her bosom.
Sin: Courting by car: Thou shalt ride thy bicycle or take thee thy public transportation if thou really musteth.
Sin: Perfume: Thou shalt not hide thy BO, save it be with patchouli, which pleaseth the Mother-Goddess.
Sin: Eating unsustainable chocolate: Thou shalt not give thy hook-up a box of truffles unless they're organic and fair trade certified.
Sin: Reproductive Sex: Thy sex shalt not produceth children, unless thy be-est a lesbian and art using thy turkey baster; for Gaia favoreth the hip and trendy who flaunteth social mores.
Sin: Normal food: Thou shalt eateth only of thy organic, local and fair-trade products.
Sin: Unsustainable bedding: Thou shalt have no other but sustainable, recycled bed-linens.
Sin: Modern Medicine: Thou shalt not medicate thyself, for medicines are the work of the oppressive patriarchy, which Gaia despiseth. Thou shalt be vegan, practice thy yoga, and use thee thy Cherokee Hair Tampons.
Sin: Toxic sex toys: Thou shalt pleasure thyself only with organic sex toys... cucumbers, ears of corn, a banana if it be Free Trade, but never sausages!
Sin: Tainted lubricants: Thou shalt not use thee KY nor any other petroleum-based lubricants. Use thee soy yogurt, thus that Gaia may be pleased.
Sin: Talking about Gaia during Sex: Thou shalt not invoke Gaia, thy Goddess, while knocking thee thy boots.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:02 AM
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:52 AM
As moonbattery rots away Western Civilization, it is creating a vacuum that Islam continues to fill. Fortunately, heroic countermoonbat Geert Wilders is still sounding the alarm:
Enrage both sides of the Muslim—moonbat alliance by watching his film Fitna here.
Hat tip: Weasel Zippers, on a tip from Infidel Joe.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:28 AM
Thanks in part to massive support from the statist media, there are still Americans outside the federal bureaucracy in favor of the outrageous power grab known as ObamaCare. See for yourself.
Hat tip: American Power.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:20 AM
Isn't it terrible how the president's scheme to suck trillions of dollars out of the economy to create a medical system vastly inferior to the one we have now has brought out the worst racist elements in our society.
After appealing on The O'Reilly Factor to express his opposition to ObamaCare, Dr. Christopher Metzler, Associate Dean of Continuing Studies at Georgetown University received some nasty voicemails from ObamaCare supporters.
One caller swears at him profanely and tells him to get his "black ass back to Africa." Another caller tells him that he looked like a "slave" and expresses his "embarrassment" over Metzler's public position.
I am sorry, was the title of this post misleading in some way? My bad.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:54 AM
What should we expect from ObamaCare as far as insurance premiums and the wait times for scheduling routine checkups? Rather than go to a foreign country with socialized medicine such as Canada or the UK, Political Math considered two health care systems in the United States, those of Georgia and Massachusetts, and prepared this instructive video.
Bottom line: we're screwed, and we had the data right in front of us vis a vis Massachusetts all along. But we knew that already.
Posted by V the K at 7:12 AM
I am pleased to announce that my household is about to expand by one as I welcome another kid out of the Foster Care system and into the permanent state of insanity I call my family.
It's been over two years since I began looking for another adoptarino and it's taken six months to get to this stage since we were first matched. Everybody else --- my caseworker, his caseworker, him, me, his foster family --- we were all ready to do this thing back in mid-February, but the paperwork has been waiting for a signature from the bureaucracy and that finally happened Thursday. I wanted to share the news with... um... most of you... but I thought it was cromulent to let my family, and friends know before blogifying it.
Todd --- not his real name because there's no reason for the vitriol I get to spill over onto him --- is 14 years old, he likes skateboarding, videogames, and junk food. His older brothers are ... treating him like older brothers have always done to little brothers.
My involvement in adoption and foster care places me in good company with other right-wingers who are despised by the left. Former Congressman Tom DeLay has been a long-time advocate for foster care and adoption. Michele Bachman has been a foster mom to almost two dozen kids and teens, and only Sarah Palin is more hated by the left than she is.
This is what we on the right do about social problems, we take personal responsibility for them. It's also were I part with hardcore objectivist libertarians; I think we have social responsibility toward others (I just believe that responsibility is personal, not bureaucratic). I think this is the part where I shill for adoption, so... http://adoptuskids.org/
I also want to give a shout out to the Good People at the Blogmocracy for keeping me in their prayers. Also, thanks VH for allowing me to break format and post this good news.
I hope this will not be my last adoption. I think I have enough residual sanity for one more, if God wills it.
April 10, 2010
Posted by The MaryHunter at 4:55 PM
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Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 10:48 AM
Dawn Johnsen was Barack Obama's choice to head the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, but as of yesterday she has withdrawn her nomination.
Any restriction that makes abortion less accessible is, in her view, tantamount to "involuntary servitude" because it "requires a woman to provide continuous physical service to the fetus in order to further the state's asserted interest [in the life of the unborn]." In effect, a woman "is constantly aware for nine months that her body is not her own: the state has conscripted her body for its own ends." Such "forced pregnancy," she contends, violates the Thirteenth Amendment, which prohibits slavery.
Tell me, in what way is that NOT a kook-fringe position?
All right, at least we managed to shoot down one radical. Time for the Happy Dance.
So, how many radicals has this "centrist, moderate, not at all radical" president appointed or tried to appoint to key positions? Just off the top of my head...
Van Jones --- Green Job Czar and avowed communist and 911 Troofer.
Anita Dunn --- Communications Director and fervent admirer of mass murdering communist Mao Tse-Tung.
Cass Sunstein --- Regulatory Czar who opposes free speech but believes animals are entitled to lawyers.
Lloyd Jones --- The FCC "Diversity Czar" who openly admires the way Hugo Chavez shut down opposition media.
Just how many radicals has this "moderate" president appointed. The complete list is 72 pages long.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:46 AM
If only Comrade Obama were as effective a leader as he is a muse for artistic patriots. Here's one of the best Zero-inspired music videos yet — even if it does lose its PG-13 rating toward the end:
Compliments of David Cholesterol.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:47 AM
Things have come to a pretty pass when potshots from moonbats like Steven Colbert start to ring true:
|The Colbert Report||Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
|The Word - Affirmative Inaction|
The same demented Affirmative Action mentality that turned the White House over to a communist punk has put an ineffectual weenie in charge of the RNC. But now the post is black, so Steele can't be fired unless another black is found to replace him — because that would be racist.
We may be leaving future generations with a broken country and in debt up to their necks to the communist Chinese, but at least we're also leaving them with plenty to look back and laugh at.
On a tip from Incitatus.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:39 AM
At the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, Former Republican Speaker Newt Gingrich said this:
Speaking of the President's basketball skills, Gingrich said, "Shooting three-point shots may be clever, but it doesn't put anybody to work. And what we need is a president, not an athlete. We need somebody who actually focuses on getting people back to work."
Can you spot the racism in that sentence? Well, if you can't, MSDNC's Norah O'Donnell is there to helpfully point it out to you.
"I think it's open to some criticism because it suggests that the president is an athlete and some people may suggest, you know, because all black people are good athletes. I mean that's what it sort of sounds like to me."
Naturally, a certain deranged, narcissist blogger whose name rhymes with Narles Nohnson, agrees.
Newt Gingrich, at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, appealing to the base with a loud dog whistle: We Need a President, Not an Athlete.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 7:24 AM
How can I predict this? Because of this..
In a way, this is a tacit admission that the Tea Parties are not racist, violent, or stupid. If they were, the lefties wouldn't have to infiltrate them so as to create that appearance.
It will be a lot harder for progressive lefties to claim the Tea Parties are "paranoid" that leftist agent provocateurs are instigating mayhem at Tea Party events in light of ... progressive lefties conspiring to instigate mayhem at Tea Parties. But Tea Party participants must now be extra vigilant and make sure anyone stepping out of line is loudly denounced on the spot.... ideally on video.
April 9, 2010
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:48 PM
The Left's favorite nutjob congressman, Alan "Dick" Grayson of Florida, crashed a meeting of Republicans, insulted a local party chairman, and accused them of spying on him.
This is the guy who became a hero to the progressive left by comparing American Health Care to the Holocaust and claiming that Republicans wanted sick people to die. And as Trickle Up Politics points out in the comments, his most recent campaign email shows him to still be a class act all the way.
In response to Palin's attack on Rep Grayson, Grayson actually complimented Palin. Grayson praised Palin for having a hand large enough to fit Grayson's entire name on it. He thanked Palin for alleviating the growing shortage of platitudes in Central Florida.
Grayson said that the Alaskan chillbilly was welcome to return to Central Florida anytime, as long as she brings lots of money with her, and spends it. "I look forward to an honest debate with Governor Palin on the issues, in the unlikely event that she ever learns anything about them," Grayson added, alluding to Politifact's "liar, liar, pants on fire" evaluation of much of what Palin has said.
Scientists are studying Sarah Palin's travel between Alaska and Florida carefully. They hope to learn more about the flight patterns of that elusive migratory species, the wild Alaskan dingbat.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:41 PM
At least the first time through, the hippies weren't running the government.
On a tip from Granny Jan.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:20 PM
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:38 PM
Taylor Marsh, writing for the lefty Huffington Post, laments the lack of "wattage" among the women of the left.
I pine to see hot headliners from the left, instead we get the likes of Claire McCaskill, Kathleen Sebelius and other Obama blue dog duds, with no women of any wattage in sight.
Now by wattage, I think she's making the point that women on the left are generally dogs. I mean, we get Elizabeth Hasselback; they get Joy Behar. We get Laura Ingraham, they get Rachel Maddow. We get Michelle Malkin, they get Jane Hamster. We get Jeri Thompson, they get the First Klingon.
The left does get its share of dippy actresses, but the combination of looks, charisma, and brains on the left is quite rare indeed.
Maybe it's because of this simple fact, lefty women are always pissed off about something: Angry just isn't attractive. Just like repeating dull, shopworn, politically correct talking points isn't smart. So when you see an angry woman bleating "Health care is a right," and "diversity is strength" or some other bullcrap slogan... it's just not appealing.
Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:49 PM
The Maine Human Rights Commissions taking heat over a proposal to ban schools from enforcing gender divisions in sports teams, school organizations, bathrooms and locker rooms, saying forcing a student into a particular room or group because of their biological gender amounts to discrimination.
The issue came to light last year when the commission ruled that, under the Maine Human Rights Act, a school had discriminated against a 12-year-old transgender boy by denying him access to the girls' bathroom.
It's beyond sad when adults force their neuroses and dysfunction on children.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 1:48 PM
As you may have heard, flaming leftie David Shuster has been indefinitely suspended from MSDNC after apparently making a pilot with rival Democrat Propaganda outlet CNN. A disappointed fan emailed MSNBC asking them to bring Shuster back and received this emai in reply.
From: Griffin, Phil (NBC Universal) Sent: Wed 4/07/10 11:16 PM
Sorry, but this is a business and I need team players. He was not moral, ethical or professional and that is not fair to the 500 people who work at msnbc.
Nor would it be fair to the 500 people who watch pmsnbc.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 1:14 PM
The thin-skinned president got rattled yesterday when George Snuffleupagus mentioned Sarah Palin's criticism of his policy of unilateral nuclear disarmament, saying it was like a kid on a playground who says 'punch me in the face, I'm not going to retaliate.'
"I really have no response to that. The last I checked, Sarah Palin is not much of an expert on nuclear issues," Obama said in an interview with ABC News.
As if a community organizer knows so much more about nuclear policy than the former governor of the state in which a significant portion of our nuclear deterrent is based. Anyway, I think what Sarah Palin said isn't based on any kind of pointy-headed analysis of nuclear disarmament strategy, but out of common sense --- something the pissy little twerp in the Oval Office knows nothing about.
Does anyone besides me remember the debate with Hillary in 2008 when the question came up, "How would you respond to a WMD attack against an American city?" And Obama babbled on and on about FEMA without ever once mentioning retataliation?
Update and Bump: Sarah pours it on at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. (This should give the trolls a few more conniption fits.)
The administration eased sanctions on Cuba and sided with Chavez against Honduran democracy. They won't bring up human rights with China because, quote, 'we know what they are going to say.' They offer tepid sanctions on North Korea and 'gold stars and cookies' for the Sudanese President. They send letters to Iranian mullahs but can barely muster a word of support for the Green Movement seeking freedom and women's rights in Iran!
Meanwhile, this administration alienates our friends. They treated Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai poorly and acted surprised when he reacted in kind. And they escalated a minor zoning decision into a major breach with Israel, our closest ally in the Middle East.
How will the progs answer her criticisms. Like this: "So what, her daughter's a slut."
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 1:10 PM
Planned Parenthood isn't satisfied butchering a million babies a year. They also apparently want there to be more people with AIDS.
In a guide for young people published by the International Planned Parenthood Federation, the organization says it opposes laws that make it a crime for people not to tell sexual partners they have HIV.The IPPF's "Healthy, Happy and Hot" guide also tells young people who have the virus that they have a right to "fun, happy and sexually fulfilling lives."
What? Do you think there's something wrong with people who have HIV having sex with people and not revealing their status? Why do you have to be so HIV negative? You don't get it… to the social left, there is nothing more important than to be able to sexual gratify yourself without consequences.
Hat Tip: Sondra K.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 12:33 PM
Al Gore has been suspiciously quiet of late. In fact, it is stunning that he didn't pop his head up out of his little underground AGW shelter and cry "Manbearpig!" when the unseasonably hot weather hit the east coast this week.
But we would have ignored him anyway. Americans aren't anti-environment, observes the gnomish Greg Gutfeld. They are simply anti-environmentalist -- especially the most irritating, hypocritical celebrity types.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 10:45 AM
How many times have we heard hand-wringers like David Frum and others whine about how the Tea Party movement will fracture the Republican Party through their willingness to smear and attack anyone who deviates from their standards of ideological purity.
Well, it finally happened... the ideological purists have gotten so intolerant of moderate diversity within their political party that they have formed a third party with the intention of purging those who do not measure up.
Except the ideologues are the progressive Union Thugs from the SEIU, and the moderates they are opposing are Democrats in North Carolina who voted against the disastrous ObamaCare bill.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 10:35 AM
Democrats don't appoint swing votes.
Stevens will retire in late June or early July. Obama will name a successor after that and then the fight begins. I fully expect Obama to go full-liberal and pick a hard lefty for the post. If the fight continues until late August or even into September, Bennet and Specter are going to have to choose between further ticking off the electorate and displeasing The One.
Independent voters in the states with an open seat are going to see the party in power once again going full left with another vote, which may increase their desire for a divided government. So a lot of them will decide to take a chance on the Republican candidate for that seat. As an added bonus, imagine what Ben Nelson must be thinking.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:22 AM
Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) plans to announce his retirement today, Democrats briefed on his decision said. Stupak, the leader of a pro-life faction within his party, had received death threats and was under intense political pressure after he agreed to support the Democratic health care reform legislation even though pro-life groups insisted that it would allow federal funds to be used for abortion.
Liberals are pushing this absurd meme for all they're worth. Stupak is a victim and therefore in the right. Those evil right-wingers who don't believe in preventing unwanted babies from oppressing the polar bears with their carbon emissions made him run away and hide.
If only everyone in the government who has ever received an angry message from a crank would retire, we might get the federal leviathan scaled down to an appropriate size.
Having ostentatiously presented himself as pro-life, Stupak knew all along that conservative northern Michigan voters would never forgive his outrageous treachery — that if he voted for this lurch into tyrannical moonbattery, his Congressional career was over. He didn't just sell his vote. He sold his seat in Congress.
What will he be getting in return? If only we had journalists curious enough to find out.
On a tip from Varla.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:38 AM
Great news for Billings, Montana: artist Jason Middlebrook has been brought in from New York to decorate the new federal courthouse at a cost of $260,000. Here's what his art looks like:
Now for even better news: locals won't have to pay for it. The money comes out of "stimulus" funds that our grandchildren will have to repay the communist Chinese (with a fortune in interest).
According to Robyn Peterson of the Yellowstone Art Museum, who sat on the selection panel,
"It is intangible," she said of art's value. "It doesn't translate into dollars and cents. Art has its own value quite apart from economics."
Yeah, but somebody still has to pick up the bill for the crap. Good thing it's not this generation!
On a tip from TrickleUpPolitics.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:07 AM
Increasingly, elected politicians are just figureheads. The real power festers in a vast and ever-expanding swamp known as the federal bureaucracy, which crawls with faceless, unelected petty tyrants who are choking the life out of our once-free nation. The most tyrannical among them can be found at the EPA, which recently issued outlandish new edicts regarding fuel efficiency:
The new standards … call for a 35.5 miles-per-gallon average within six years, up nearly 10 mpg from now.
This will come as a surprise to liberals, but it's much easier to dictate 35 mpg than it is to actually make a car that gets that kind of mileage, yet meets the needs of consumers. There will always be tradeoffs; one is cost, a significant consideration during hard economic times.
The rules will cost consumers an estimated $434 extra per vehicle in the 2012 model year and $926 per vehicle by 2016, the government said. … The changes will cost the auto industry about $52 billion…
No problem for nationalized GM and Chrysler; they aren't required to be profitable anymore, just to keep union members on the payroll while we pick up the bills.
Another tradeoff is safety, as cars must come more and more to resemble rolling beer cans to be light enough to meet the EPA's imperious decrees. A few examples of new models intended to meet the requirements:
On a much more serious note, those with strong stomachs are invited to look here and here and if you aren't hungry anyway even here at what could happen to your loved ones if they are unfortunate enough to find themselves in a car designed to save the polar bears from capitalism when an accident occurs. Moonbattery kills.
On tips from TED and Oiao.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:17 AM
These may be hard economic times for the people, but not for government bureauweenies — or for closely related species, with whom they generously share our money:
State officials in Vermont awarded a six-figure grant last week to the Monkton Conservation Commission to build a tunnel under a busy street for salamanders and reptiles. The tunnel, or culvert, is expected to be completed in the city of Monkton by 2011.
Don't worry, Vermonters. You didn't just spend a fortune to enhance the convenience of slimy little swamp creatures. We did:
The grant was part of $3.8 million in federal funds given to Vermont for transportation enhancement projects, such as bike paths and landscaping along streets and sidewalks.
This is hardly an aberration. In Florida, $3.4 million in "stimulus" loot went to build tunnels for turtles. The salt marsh harvest rat (mouse, whatever) benefitted from living in Nasty Pelousy's district to the tune of $30 million. Just call it government of the vermin, by the vermin, for the vermin.
On a tip from Kyle.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:10 AM
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:32 AM
The Maryland Senate is backing school reform legislation that would require union approval of teacher evaluation standards, over the objections of state board of education officials.
Put the union in charge of teacher evaluation standards? What's next? Putting a mincing pederast in charge of school safety? Putting a tax cheat in charge of the IRS? Putting a racist lawyer in charge of the Justice Department?
Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:05 AM
Charles Krauthammer dissects President Obama's shiny new strategem for America's nuclear policy.
There's the stupid part: removing the nuclear deterrent from nations who are "complying" with the nonproliferation treaty.
Imagine the scenario: Hundreds of thousands are lying dead in the streets of Boston after a massive anthrax or nerve gas attack. The president immediately calls in the lawyers to determine whether the attacking state is in compliance with the NPT. If it turns out that the attacker is up to date with its latest IAEA inspections, well, it gets immunity from nuclear retaliation. (Our response is then restricted to bullets, bombs and other conventional munitions.)
However, if the lawyers tell the president that the attacking state is NPT-noncompliant, we are free to blow the bastards to nuclear kingdom come.
This is quite insane. It's like saying that if a terrorist deliberately uses his car to mow down a hundred people waiting at a bus stop, the decision as to whether he gets (a) hanged or (b) 100 hours of community service hinges entirely on whether his car had passed emissions inspections.
Then there's the really stupid part: curtailing American development of new nuclear weapons. The ultimate goal, of course, is a blanket no first use policy for the United States, so we can be a "leader by example." What kind of message does this send to our enemies, not to mention our allies?
This administration seems to believe that by restricting retaliatory threats and by downgrading our reliance on nuclear weapons, it is discouraging proliferation.
But the opposite is true. Since World War II, smaller countries have forgone the acquisition of deterrent forces -- nuclear, biological and chemical -- precisely because they placed their trust in the firmness, power and reliability of the American deterrent.
Seeing America retreat, they will rethink. And some will arm. There is no greater spur to hyper-proliferation than the furling of the American nuclear umbrella.
It can only be a matter of time, gentle readers. It can only be a matter of time.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:03 AM
The Politico is reporting that Congressman Bart Stupak (D-MI) is going to announce his retirement. Gee, I guess he's not counting on that massive wave of Democrat support that Obama-Pelosi-Reid have promised would materialize after the people opened the refrigerator and saw all the good stuff in the bill.
Or maybe he figured after selling out the pro-life movement to deliver a massive new health care entitlement that ensures our national bankruptcy, his work was done.
I would not put your money in that bank.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:15 AM
As President, George W. Bush did something momentous that few of you may know about, something so momentous that it is saving millions of lives and generating goodwill for America around the world. Millions of Africans who'd been dying of AIDS are now living with AIDS, thanks to the Bush program. The U.S. is providing pills to more than two million people with HIV/AIDS, people who could never afford them and who were condemned to die.
The progressive left despises George W. Bush who saved millions of African lives... but they admire brutal mass-murderers like Che Guevara and Mao because they look good on T-shirts. That tells you everything you need to know about the progressive left.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:13 AM
Andrew Breitbart has offered a $100,000 reward for anyone who can produce an authenticated video that proves that Congressman John Lewis really was called the N-word by Tea Party protesters. No one has stepped forward... until now.
AFL-CIO Chief Mafia Thug Richard Trumka now claims to have proof... which basically amounts to him swearing on his honor as a union boss that he really, really heard the n-word used.
"I watched them spit at people, I watched them call John Lewis the n-word," Trumka said. "I witnessed it, I witnessed it. I saw it in person. That's real evidence."
Now you have the word of a Democrat politician and an
organized crime union boss. Wow, now if only we could get a lawyer and a used car salesman to testify.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:12 AM
More proof that Botox rots the brain as Nanny Rictus Botox describes the wonders of her health care bill.
"It's like the back of the refrigerator. You see all these wires and the rest. All you need to know is, you open the door. The light goes on."
Spoken truly like someone who has never had to buy a refrigerator for herself, let alone clean, stock, and maintain one. She has servants to do that, and she thinks that's how it should work for everybody else.
Also, only a complete freakin' idiot would go bankrupt buying a new refrigerator that doesn't work any better than his old refrigerator... but that's the caliber of the dumbasses running Washington these days.
Oh, and, Good Morning Right-Wing Patriots, Good Morning Left-Wing Rachel Maddow Parrots
April 8, 2010
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:55 PM
I've said it before and I'll keep saying it until moonbats stop telling lies to the contrary — Hitler was a leftist. Take it from Glenn Beck:
On a tip from Anonymous.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:41 PM
It's after hours, so don't hold me accountable for the language:
Wouldn't it be nice if dismantling moonbattery were as easy as taking down a bird feeder?
On a tip from Morris.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:05 PM
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has canceled a planned trip to Washington next week to take part in President Barack Obama's 47-country nuclear security summit conference.
Israel is believed to be the only nuclear-armed power in the Middle East but has never confirmed or denied that it possesses atomic weapons. It has not signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT).
Chairman Zero's summit will amount to no more than another chance for Dear Leader to show weakness to our enemies. Netanyahu is not only the last remaining world leader with a true moral compass. He's also the only international leader with the balls to stand up to Obama's self-destructive tendencies regarding his Carteresque nuclear weapons policy. The current United States regime is barely worthy of being called Israel's ally.
Hat tip: Gateway Pundit.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:41 PM
You've probably seen this by now. I don't know why I put off posting it for so long.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:49 PM
Topic for discussion. Mickey Kaus is as close to sane as a Democrat gets. He was actually pretty good during the immigration debate.
If the choice came down between relatively sane Democrat Mickey Kaus and Carly "I Wanna Be the Third Maine Sister" Fiorina (or, Israel-hating, gay-marriage loving Tom "Demon Sheep" Campbell)… could you vote for the sane Democrat over one of the RINOs?
Any of these people would, of course, be an improvement over Barbara "Don't Call Me Ma'am" Boxer. A brain-damaged box turtle would make make a better senator than that dingbat.
Also, I see their choices for governor are pretty much down to dimbulb Van Jones-fan Meg Whitman or senile Hippie Jerry Moonbeam. Gawd, I really feel sorry for you schnucks in California.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 1:37 PM
We have an unelected, unaccountable bureaucracy writing laws on its own, expanding its authority over every aspect of life, over-ruling and by-passing the people's elected legislature. The EPA — with the blessing of Chairman Zero — is running amok.
By granting California the power to ignore federal fuel-economy standards, the EPA created a regulatory patchwork that imposes significant burdens on the auto industry.
This led to the White House brokering a deal whereby the EPA muscles in on the NHTSA's statutory authority to regulate fuel-economy standards, something for which the EPA has no statutory authority.
The EPA claims this then compels it to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources, thereby making it the effective arbiter of national climate policy — even as Congress debates what to do about the issue.
Even the EPA seems to recognize the absurdity of the resulting regulations under the language of the Clean Air Act — which would lead to the EPA having to issue permits for fast-food franchises and large apartment buildings to emit greenhouse gases — so the agency took upon itself the power to tailor statutory language, thereby playing lawmaker, to avoid the regulatory debacle which it itself had put in motion.
The Draconian Fuel Economy standards recently enacted by the EPA will cost the auto-industry $52 Billion to implement. Gee, it's good this is coming at a time when the industry is so robust, profitable, and flush with cash.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:06 PM
Unsurprisingly, radically expanding the federal behemoth that is standing on our throats hasn't done much to revive the economy. But at least Obama has stimulated sales of guns, ammo, and products like this:
You might want to buy several, to see you through until the nightmare ends in 2013. After that, we can get down to the task of trying to rebuild.
On a tip from Torey.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:32 AM
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:51 AM
There is one good thing about ObamaCare: the bill is so packed with insanity that there will be a steady supply of appalling revelations to keep people stoked to start taking back control of our runaway government in November. The latest:
The Congressional Research Service confirmed in a memo Wednesday that rapists and sex offenders may get federally subsidized Viagra and other sexual performance enhancing drugs under the recently passed health care reform law.
Yet again we see that liberals will always side with the bad guys.
On a tip from Incitatus.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:56 AM
The enlightened progressive Sara Robinson comments on what must be done with those who still believe in limited government:
It's time to confront the sobering fact that the entire right wing — including the GOP establishment, which encourages, endorses, and echoes these sentiments almost every time its officials appear in public — is now issuing nearly constant invitations to criminal sedition. They're creating a climate and using language that lowers their base's inhibitions around violence — and irresponsibly eggs on the handful of sociopaths in their midst who are already primed to kill. They've given their newly-expanded corps of flying monkeys permission to brandish their guns in public, empowered their militias, promised them glory, and are now telling them explicitly which targets to hit.
But this doesn't go far enough for the wannabe tyrants at a liberal blog absurdly named Down With Tyranny:
My own impulse, in the face of the pervasive right-wing campaign to bring down the government, would be for the DoJ to begin preparing dozens of treason indictments, so that the trials can get going and in a week or so we can get on to the first of the executions. Or if we labeled them "enemy combatants," could we just turn them over to military tribunals and save even more time?
I was figuring on getting through maybe five treason trials a day. But tribunals, without breaking a sweat, ought to be able to process, say, 25 guilty verdicts a day, no? Plus, it would give the Obama people a chance to call attention to the roll-out of their latest new (wink-wink) "just the same as the Bush regime" policy.
My plan calls for starting with the 15-20 most loathsome crackpots in the Senate and 40-50 in the House. Not all Republicans, of course. The interest of bipartisanship, the noblest political virtue to which Americans, or leastwise liberals, can apparently aspire, dictates that a generous sprinkling of the most odious Dems be included. I'm thinking firing squads would be picturesque, but I could see the case for hangings. Ooh, wait, how about stoning? Followed by purification of the carcasses in bonfires, with free hot dogs and marshmallows for all.
Which Dems are sufficiently moderate to qualify as "odious" is left unspecified. Maybe not following the rest of the lemmings into the sea on ObamaCare is grounds for the firing squad.
Given that these people are insane enough to consider Bernie Goldberg's 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America to be a hit list, you have to assume they're serious.
On a tip from Leslie.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:26 AM
Remember when liberals screeched themselves hoarse in righteous indignation because Bush had authorized listening in on the overseas phone calls of Al Qaeda operatives? Good thing W didn't try implementing something like this — from Salon yesterday:
In late January, I wrote about the Obama administration's "presidential assassination program," whereby American citizens are targeted for killings far away from any battlefield, based exclusively on unchecked accusations by the Executive Branch that they're involved in Terrorism. At the time, The Washington Post's Dana Priest had noted deep in a long article that Obama had continued Bush's policy (which Bush never actually implemented) of having the Joint Chiefs of Staff compile "hit lists" of Americans, and Priest suggested that the American-born Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was on that list. The following week, Obama's Director of National Intelligence, Adm. Dennis Blair, acknowledged in Congressional testimony that the administration reserves the "right" to carry out such assassinations.
Today, both The New York Times and The Washington Post confirm that the Obama White House has now expressly authorized the CIA to kill al-Alwaki no matter where he is found, no matter his distance from a battlefield. I wrote at length about the extreme dangers and lawlessness of allowing the Executive Branch the power to murder U.S. citizens far away from a battlefield (i.e., while they're sleeping, at home, with their children, etc.) and with no due process of any kind. I won't repeat those arguments — they're here and here — but I do want to highlight how unbelievably Orwellian and tyrannical this is in light of these new articles today.
It's strange to hear a Salon lib complaining about this. They don't want the poor guy forced to play soccer at Club Gitmo, do they? Besides, Al-Alwaki deserves to die at least as much as the survivors of botched abortions — who have also been sentenced to death without trial by Comrade Obama.
That this story isn't plastered across the front of every liberal newspaper is testimony to the magic of the Moonbat Messiah. More testimony is his amazing ability to erode our civil liberties while simultaneously playing to lose in the "contingency operation against man-caused disasters" that we must not call the War on Terror.
On a tip from Kevin M.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:48 AM
Anderson (pictured) has, since 1983, along with five other attorneys, sued thousands of Catholic priests, bishops, and dioceses over allegations of sexual abuse by priests and other church leaders. He told the AP he has no idea how much he has won in settlements; in 2002 he estimated that it was around $60 million.
And just so you know, I'm not at all defending child abuse or the church's prior failures to deal with it the right way. Just pointing out that the motives of those promoting this scandal are not exactly pure. And, in fairness, the Catholic Church has certainly done a much better job of policing its priests over the last decade than the public schools have done preventing sexual abuse by teachers. One rarely hears of any new cases of abuse by priests; but the list of teachers caught molesting students grows almost daily.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:32 AM
Canadian headline: Machete attack shows lack of tolerance
The headline refers to a story that happened in Ottawa --- you know, the tolerant Canadian city where Ann Coulter isn't allowed to speak. In this case, two university students known for their outspoken support of Israel were chased with machetes by a group of men calling them "Jews" and "Zionists."
Hat Tip: Mark Steyn
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:26 AM
Yesterday long-time Chairman of the Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan was called before Congressional bureauweenies to be scapegoated for the financial crisis they caused. But he turned the tables on them, pointing out the obvious by laying
blame for the crisis on international economic forces that were pouring money into the U.S. real-estate market, as well as on domestic political pressures to boost homeownership. He singled out the congressionally chartered mortgage companies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which were major consumers of subprime mortgages.
Mr. Greenspan suggested that Fed critics have lost sight of the political atmosphere that prevailed at the time. "I mean, I sat through meeting after meeting in which the pressures on the Federal Reserve — and on, I might add, all of the other regulatory agencies — to enhance lending were remarkable."
That is, the housing crisis that caused the world economy to tank was caused by the liberal campaign to force banks to make loans they know won't be repaid — on a largely racial basis — so that all people can have houses whether they're willing to work for them or not. Some of that pressure was applied by an unsavory community activist/shyster who sued banks on behalf of ACORN before becoming the most powerful moonbat in the world.
"There's a presumption that the Federal Reserve's an independent agency, and it is up to a point, but we are a creature of the Congress and if … we had said we're running into a bubble and we need to retrench, the Congress would say 'we haven't a clue what you're talking about'," Greenspan said.
Actually, some in Congress did warn about the approaching iceberg. But they were shouted down by the folks who are now consolidating centralized control of the economy:
During the Greenspan hearing, the lights went out. Somebody up there has a fine sense of symbolism. Or maybe its foreshadowing — because with Dems at the helm, the worst is not behind us.
On a tip from Conan.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 8:02 AM
The EPA would rather have our nation's airplanes turn into huge popsicles and fall out of the sky than potentially harm the teensiest bit of our nation's water supply.
Pilots, airlines and airports are warning the government's proposed environmental restrictions on deicing fluid used to keep planes from freezing up and crashing could pose serious safety risks.
The Environmental Protection Agency's proposal seeks to limit the amount of the toxic deicing fluid that trickles off of runways and into nearby streams and rivers, harming water quality.
Critics say the new rules would have an unintended consequence -- imperiling airport safety. They say the record-setting blizzards that recently buried the East Coast show how unworkable the regulation would be during winter weather.
"The EPA must acknowledge ... the environment cannot trump all other considerations," a group representing airports said in February public comments to the rule.
I don''t know about you, but I fly a lot, on business and for vacation. About the last thing I want to be worrying about on takeoff is if the Government has decided that those scraggly trees and shrubs in the immediate environs of the airport somehow deserve more consideration than the lives of myself and my family.
Or, could it be that these Obama-variety EPA megalomaniacs are trying to reduce each of our carbon footprints involuntarily by finding a clever, back-door way to restrict our nation's air travel?
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:03 AM
Obama's BFF Hugo Chavez recently completed an arms deal with Russia worth somewhere between $5 Billion and $9 Billion... a lot of money for a place that can't even keep the lights on.
One would think this was a troubling development. After all, Chavez is destabilizing Latin America and funding guerrilla movements in Colombia and Peru, as well as supplying arms to the narco-terrorists in Mexico and to Basque separatists in Spain.
RUSSIAN PRIME Minister boasted after returning from a visit to Venezuela on Monday that he had sold President Hugo Chavez another $5 billion in weapons -- a huge sum for a Latin American army. Hours later State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley was asked for a reaction at his public briefing. First answer: "We don't care."
Mr. Crowley went on to say that State didn't see a legitimate need for all that equipment and was concerned that it might "migrate into other parts of the hemisphere."
Chavez has arms deals with Russia for tanks, helicopters, and fighter jets. Given his prior rhetoric and his support for communist rebels inside Colombia, analysts believe he is preparing for war with that country; an American ally.
Let's review recent developments in Smart Diplomacy. An aggressive South American Marxist dictator with a history of arming insurgents purchases a huge amount of weapons... Obama doesn't care. Iran forges ahead with its nuclear weapons program... Obama doesn't care. Israel builds a few apartments in their own capital... Obama goes ballistic.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:53 AM
The lefties like to proclaim that opponents of ObamaCare are simply ignorant of what's in the legislation, but in the real world, it's the poor suckers who actually believed the Obamaganda who don't know what's really in the legislation.
"They're saying, 'Where do we get the free Obama care, and how do I sign up for that?' " said Carrie McLean, a licensed agent for eHealthInsurance.com. The California-based company sells coverage from 185 health insurance carriers in 50 states. McLean said the call center had been inundated by uninsured consumers who were hoping that the overhaul would translate into instant, affordable coverage. "We tell them it's not free, that there are going to be things in place that help people who are low-income, but that ultimately most of that is not going to be taking place until 2014," McLean said.
On March 2, the Guardian reported that the ex-minister, now Lord Warner, said that while spending on Britain's National Health Service had increased by 60 percent under the Labour government, its output had decreased by 4 percent. ... While the service has taken on 400,000 new staff members--that is to say, one-fifth of all new jobs created in Britain during the period--continuity of medical care has been all but extinguished. Nobody now expects to see the same doctor on successive occasions, in the hospital or anywhere else.
Just before the last election, the chief executive of one of the hospitals in which I once worked was overheard saying, "My job is to make sure that the government is reelected." (The government's job, in turn, was to make sure that she remained chief executive.) She also explained that the hospital could expect no increase in its government funding, unlike other hospitals--because it was located in an area in which most people voted for the government anyway.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:35 AM
Basically half the country is pulling the wagon and the other half is riding in it. And we're still adding over a trillion dollars in debt every year. And we just created a new multi-trillion dollar health care entitlement. I can't see how any of this is sustainable.
I guess the plan is too institute a VAT so the Government can suck another trillion dollars out of the economy. But what history has shown is there are never enough tax increases to pay for the voracious appetite of Government. This is why California and Greece are bankrupt.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:33 AM
Good Morning Right-Wing Patriots and Left-Wing Pope-Bashers,
Once you start drinking the Obama Kool-Aid, derangement inevitably follows.
April 7, 2010
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:50 PM
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:29 PM
In case you've missed the last year of MSDNC's Countdown, here it is condensed down to 5 minutes, featuring host Keith Olbermann and his slightly less unpopular stand-in Lawrence O'Donnell:
On a tip from TED.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:20 PM
According to the governmedia, patriotic Tea Partiers who want to preserve the American way of life are dangerous freaks — as opposed to these folks:
Tea Partiers bring American flags to demonstrations too. The difference is, we don't set them on fire.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 7:07 PM
As noted in your Moonbattery U. online homework assignment, proper product display will always move merchandise off the shelves.
Courtesy of iOwnTheWorld.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:57 PM
It pays to be Glenn Beck ... and pays, and pays, and pays. The controversial Fox News loud-mouth - hero to conservatives, dartboard fodder to liberals - made $32 million in the 12 months ending March 1, reports Forbes magazine.
Hat Tip: Jammie Wearing Fool
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:05 PM
Dana Milbank --- one of the senior Obama fluffers at the Democrat Party Propaganda Organ known as the Washington Post --- brings forth anecdotes from wealthy jerks who complain that the tax rates in the USA are shamefully low.
"I'm in favor of higher taxes on people like me," declared Eric Schoenberg, who is sitting on an investment banking fortune. He complained about "my absurdly low tax rates."
Most of the people interviewed in the story are sitting on inherited wealth; and naturally its easy to squander wealth created by other people. It's what Government is all about. The thing is, there's nothing stopping these people from giving the Government all of their wealth if they wanted to.
But that isn't what they really want. They want to remain rich, but be lauded for their social responsibility or whatever. Meanwhile, they want to rape the entrepreneurial class that is still trying to build a fortune... keeping them in their place as it were.
If these dinguses feel so darned bad about being rich, why don't they give away their fortunes to charity and serve the poor. Oh, wait, that would involve actual sacrifice, wouldn't it?
Hat tip: Laura W
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 1:57 PM
So, a private airline decides to charge people for carry-on baggage... a charge that can be avoided by taking a different airline... and people are "up in arms" about it.
But, the Obama administration considers a value-added-tax that will add to the cost of everything in existence and cannot be avoided, simply to pay for his administration's voracious appetite for creating new entitlements and bureaucracies... and everybody is okay with that?
The White House, of course, is lying about it.
"The president has passed historic tax cuts for middle-class families and continues to push for more tax cuts. The president is not proposing to cut the deficit at the expense of middle-class families."
I am so sick of hearing this bullshirt. Chairman Zero has not cut anyone's taxes. No one's tax rate has been reduced. He signed off on a one-time $13 a week (whoop-ty-doo!) tax credit that even people who don't pay taxes get. That is not a tax cut! That's a welfare check. It was a welfare check when Bush did it, and it's still a welfare check. A tax cut is a rate reduction. Period. And no rates have been cut under this regime.
I desire to do violence against the next lefty to spew the bullspit that Obama cut taxes for the middle class. But I will restrain myself, because violence is not the answer. There's not enough violence in the world to fix stupidity.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 1:35 PM
And lo, the tiny people bowed before it, and yea, they did see the light from ObamaCare, and they were dazzled. But not from its brilliance, no, but from its mystery.
Two weeks after President Barack Obama signed the big health care overhaul into law, Americans are struggling to understand how -- and when -- the sweeping measure will affect them.
Questions reflecting confusion have flooded insurance companies, doctors' offices, human resources departments and business groups.
"They're saying, 'Where do we get the free Obama care, and how do I sign up for that?' " said Carrie McLean, a licensed agent for eHealthInsurance.com. The California-based company sells coverage from 185 health insurance carriers in 50 states.
"We tell them it's not free, that there are going to be things in place that help people who are low-income, but that ultimately most of that is not going to be taking place until 2014," McLean said.
We already have a tax system that even the Treasury Secretary doesn't understand. Thanks to Dear Leader and his consorts in "the People's" Congress, we have yet another thing to perplex us at this most inopportune time of year.
ObamaCare offers rich opportunities for fraud and abuse, in large part because it is unintelligible -- Obama and the Democrats spun tales a plenty about its benefits. Already those lies are becoming apparent.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:42 PM
We might have to wait a little longer for Obama's close friend Bill Ayers, who launched BHO's political career from the apartment he shared with fellow Maoist terrorist Bernardine Dohrn, to express regret for childish indiscretions like bombing the Pentagon and the Capitol and killing police officers. Still living in the decade that spawned the ideology we now know as Hope & Change, here's what he's been saying on his blog lately:
Empire, invasion, and occupation always earn blow-back. In 1965 most Americans supported the war, but by 1968 people had turned massively against it — the result of protest and organizing and a burgeoning peace movement…
But peace proved to be a dream deferred, for the war did not end… All Vietnamese territories outside US control were declared "free-fire zones" and airplanes rained bombs and napalm on anything that moved, destroying crops and live-stock and entire villages. John McCain, an unremorseful war criminal, flew some of those missions.
Although McCain's willingness to "reach across the aisle" (i.e., pander to the left) is regrettable in the extreme, there is nothing but honor to his heroic service in Vietnam. While cockroaches like Ayers were waving the hammer and sickle and bombing police stations, McCain was having his teeth broken off at the gum line by communists at the Hanoi Hilton, and refusing to accept an early release at the expense of his brothers in arms.
There is no life form lower than Bill Ayers. It is the ultimate insult to this country that our America-hating liberal elite rulers have managed to install his protégé in the White House.
On a tip from Edward. Hat tip: Gateway Pundit.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 11:25 AM
When America shows weakness, the rest of the world pounces, like sharks smelling blood in the water. Case in point: the price for flying to space with the Russians will soon double.
NASA on Tuesday signed a contract to pay $55.8 million per astronaut for six Americans to fly into space on Russian Soyuz capsules in 2013 and 2014. NASA needs to get rides on Russian rockets to the International Space Station because it plans to retire the space shuttle fleet later this year.
NASA now pays half as much, about $26.3 million per astronaut, when it uses Russian ships. NASA spokesman John Yembrick said the cost is going up because Russia has to build more capsules for the extra flights. NASA had already agreed to pay as much as $51 million a seat for flights in 2011 and 2012, before the latest increase.
The once-proud United States, erstwhile Champions of the Space Race, now have to bum a ride from our former (?) enemies and pay a premium for the gas. Can't blame the Russians, who are invoking supply-and-demand costing right back at us. Because why? We basically have no way to get Astronauts into space after the shuttle fleet retires.
Good thing we're not using all of that saved NASA funding to do something productive, like investing in the next generation of spaceflight or even paying off our national debt.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:25 AM
Moonbats marched with their shirts off in Portland, Maine over the weekend, to protest against women being forced to wear tops. There were no arrests, which is unsurprising, considering that it is not illegal in Maine for women to walk around topless.
That is, the spectacle made no sense whatsoever, unless the point was for kooky women with exhibitionist tendencies to have men admire their hooters.
Yet organizer Ty McDowell screeches that she was "enraged" that men showed up to leer and take pictures.
McDowell said she plans to organize similar demonstrations in the future and said she would be more "aggressive" in discouraging oglers.
Uh oh. If she's serious, she might enlist Rosie O'Donnell to take part in the next march.
On a tip from Incitatus.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:06 AM
It would be oppressively human-centric to limit political correctness to people. Now even dogs can be accused of racism:
YONKERS — A prejudiced pooch that reportedly disliked minorities was slashed last night by a black man who had grown tired of the dog's incessant barking at him, police said.
The German Shepherd lost an eye, and the alleged slasher — who worked for an oil delivery business where the dog stood guard — was arrested on a felony aggravated cruelty charge.
Andrew Owens, 58, was arraigned this morning in City Court after spending the night in jail.
But maybe it's the dog who should be in jail on a hate crime charge:
"The dog reacts to black people, Hispanics, anyone who is not white," owner Paul Tocco said. "She always barked at him. He (Owens) was well aware the dog didn't like him, and he knew to stay away from her."
"egged on" the barking dog and charged at her, Detective Ken Ross III said. He allegedly then pulled out a nine-inch folding knife.
"He taunted her with his arm, raised his arm with a knife and slashed the dog across the face," he said. "He cut the dog over the right eye, all the way down to the eye socket bone."
Now why would the dog want to bark at such a wonderful guy?
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 9:45 AM
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:05 AM
At last Comrade Obama's decision to take a nuclear response off the table begins to make sense. We won't need our nuclear arsenal, now that he has decreed our enemies out of existence by banning words that describe them:
President Barack Obama's advisers will remove religious terms such as "Islamic extremism" from the central document outlining the U.S. national security strategy and will use the rewritten document to emphasize that the United States does not view Muslim nations through the lens of terror, counterterrorism officials said.
The change is a significant shift in the National Security Strategy, a document that previously outlined the Bush Doctrine of preventative war and currently states: "The struggle against militant Islamic radicalism is the great ideological conflict of the early years of the 21st century."
Now all he has to do is ban the use of terms like "dirty bomb," "suitcase nuke," "chemical weapons," "biological weapons," et cetera, and we'll all be safe.
Peter Feaver, a Duke University political scientist and former Bush adviser, is skeptical of Obama's engagement effort. It "doesn't appear to have created much in the way of strategic benefit" in the Middle East peace process or in negotiations over Iran's nuclear ambitions, he said.
Obama runs the political risk of seeming to adopt politically correct rhetoric abroad while appearing tone deaf on national security issues at home, Feaver said.
Careful Professor Feaver, or Chairman Zero might start banning terms like "grownup."
On a tip from Mega.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:45 AM
In chiding the left-wing blogs for not doing a good job selling socialism, Chrissy Matthews inadvertently admits what we right-wingnuts have been hammered by the left for saying for the last two years.
The reason left-wing blogs are failing to sell Americans on socialism is two-fold. Partly, it's because you don't win over opponents by calling them knuckle-dragging, tea-bagging racists. But mostly it is because socialism itself is indefensible. There is still a plurality in the population who can figure out that you can't build a sustainable economic system based on confiscating ever larger amounts of wealth from wealth producers and giving it away to wealth consumers. Most Americans are smart enough to realize there's no such thing as Santa Claus, even if the progressives aren't.
Hat tip: Gateway Pundit.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:59 AM
Three illegal immigrant gang members who faced the death penalty for murdering a Maryland man last summer have been spared by the nation's chief law enforcement officer who has ordered prosecutors not to seek the maximum punishment.
Attorney General Eric Holder intervened on behalf of the El Salvadoran gangbangers by directing federal prosecutors handling their conspiracy and murder case to rule out the death penalty, according to a Virginia-based news web site that broke the story this week. The three illegal immigrants are members of a notoriously violent street gang called Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) that has spread throughout the country like the plague.
From our rulers' point of view, executing these vermin would be a terrible waste of three reliable Democrat votes.
This is hardly the first controversy involving President Obama's attorney general. Holder ignited public outrage when he granted civilian criminal trials to several 9/11 terrorists — including mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed — in New York City and he actually filed a motion to reverse the jury convictions of a bribed U.S. Senator (Ted Stevens) who was found guilty of seven felonies.
Apparently even Republicans are okay by Holder, so long as they are criminals. However, most of his beneficiaries are solidly on the left:
Holder has also refused to investigate a fraud-infested community group (ACORN) that's been criminally charged in various states and he dropped charges against the militant Black Panthers for intimidating voters during the 2008 presidential election. The attorney general also refused to criminally charge an Obama cabinet nominee, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, who withdrew amid a pay to play corruption scandal.
Holder's storied career at the Justice Department actually dates back to his days as Bill Clinton's deputy attorney general, best known as the guy who orchestrated the last-minute pardons of two jailed domestic terrorists and a fugitive financier. Holder also coordinated the violent Miami raid on the house of a Cuban boy's (Elian Gonzalez) family. Along with his boss, Attorney General Janet Reno, Holder ordered heavily armed federal agents to illegally break into the home of Elian's relatives to take the boy on Good Friday in 2000.
But Holder does have his qualifications to hold office — well, only one qualification, but there's only one that counts in the era of Hopey Change.
On a tip from Anonymous Countermoonbat.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:53 AM
It's almost like when you read about cults, Jonestown, all these cults [that] allow sexual perversity and sexual behavior.
The really ironic part about this is the only reason the Roman Catholic Church is under assault now is because of its opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage (which many consider to be perversity and sexual behavior). Why else does the media obsess over sexual abuses that occurred decades ago in the Catholic Church while giving a pass to the public schools where sexual abuse still goes on today? Have you noticed that if a priest 30 years ago molested a kid, it indicts the entire church. But when a gym teacher molests a student, it's just one individual person's failing?
And similarly, it's no big deal that Obama's Safe Schools Czar facilitated the molestation of an underage boy by an older man.
Also, Hollywood Guru Deepak Chopra ... whom many progressive celebrities look to as a spiritual leader because that Jesus guy is so Flyover-Country ... is claiming he caused last week's 7.2 earthquake by meditating.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:43 AM
Keith Olbermann and Chrissy Matthews insist that the Tea Parties are "Whites Only." Congressman Steve Cohen of Tennessee says the Tea Parties are the modern incarnation of the Ku Klux Klan.
But even the Ass Press admits that Black Conservative Tea Partiers are real, and they take a lot of grief for not being part of the Obamacrat plantation:"Black conservative tea party backers take heat".
They've been called Oreos, traitors and Uncle Toms, and are used to having to defend their values.
"I've been told I hate myself. I've been called an Uncle Tom. I've been told I'm a spook at the door," said Timothy F. Johnson, chairman of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, a group of black conservatives who support free market principles and limited government.
Because using racial epithets is wrong... except when they target conservatives.
Johnson and other black conservatives say they were drawn to the tea party movement because of what they consider its commonsense fiscal values of controlled spending, less taxes and smaller government. The fact that they're black--or that most tea partyers are white--should have nothing to do with it, they say.
The Tea Parties are still mostly white... but then, so is America.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:34 AM
Charles Alan Wilson is a douchebag. He was arrested yesterday after leaving obscene and violent messages and death threats at the offices of Dingbat Senator Patty Murray's office. He didn't like her support for ObamaCare. According to polls, there's about 180 million of us that don't like ObamaCare... but one a-hole has to go and do something stupid about it.
ObamaCare needs to be killed. Death threats against senators... even socialist dingbats like Patty Murray... are not helpful. Charles Alan Wilson, enjoy your lock-up. The only person you are a hero to are the violent, nasty, stupid people on the left, who can now use you to smear the vast majority of ObamaCare opponents who are peaceful and reasonable.
(Hat Tip: Sondra K)
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:24 AM
Good Morning Right-Wing Patriots, Good Morning Left-Wing Weirdoes,
In San Freakshow, a group of progressive homosexuals and other sexual deviants called "QUIT" --- Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism --- is arranging a protest against Israel; the only country in the Middle East where homosexuals are tolerated; and they are protesting on behalf of the regime gay Palestinians flee to to avoid persecution.
I wonder if they'll be performing their queerness in a very femme way.
April 6, 2010
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 11:03 PM
Lefty blogs and the New York Waste of Times have been having a field day with a WikiLeak video that supposedly shows US soldiers gleefully blowing away innocent civilians... including a couple of Reuters reporters.
Turns out to be a big fat progressive lie. The "innocent civilians" were armed with automatic weapons, grenades, and rocket launchers.
The report showed pictures of what it said were machine guns and grenades found near the bodies of those killed. It also stated that the Reuters employees "made no effort to visibly display their status as press or media representatives and their familiar behavior with, and close proximity to, the armed insurgents and their furtive attempts to photograph the coalition ground forces made them appear as hostile combatants to the Apaches that engaged them."
The Progressives will say. "The military is lying, because the military always lies. You should believe the insurgents --- who never lie, and the New York Times reporters --- who never get anything wrong."
Update and Bump: Dipppy Progressive Blogger Matt Yglesias runs with the smear, and his idiot commenters revel in the military-bashing.
Well, this how you maintain and expand an empire; there is no other way. People don't want to be dominated by foreigners, and they need to be brought to submission by brutal violence. Death camps work, and shooting them randomly from helicopters works too.
Unfortunately for the left, there is photographic evidence backing the military's version of events; and Andrew Breitbart didn't have to pay $100,000 to bring it out.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:29 PM
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:20 PM
The worst threat to Christianity isn't that moonbats will suppress it through the ham-fisted efforts of repressive agencies like the ACLU, but that they will subvert it, hollowing out everything under the surface and replacing it with smiley-faced authoritarian collectivism. Here the Wrong Reverend Jim Wallis of the DC-based Sojourners informs us that Jesus is a communist thug who demands the coercive redistribution of wealth:
Unsurprisingly, our Democrat rulers are right on his wavelength.
Via Breitbart.tv, on a tip from Milton.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:57 PM
So that's why the Obamination Administration has been keeping Shrillary Rotten locked up in the White House cellar — she's defected to the side of the patriots! Turn the volume way down and listen to her defend the Tea Parties, even as the governmedia squanders the last of its threadbare credibility in an attempt to malign them:
But wait: Shrillary must have done this screeching before the Dems took the White House, because no one has heard from her since. Never mind.
On a tip from Dell.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:40 PM
When future generations try to make sense of what the hell happened to America, they can look for clues among the treasure trove of cultural artifacts inspired by the Moonbat Messiah, personification of our self-inflicted decline. By Jonathan McWhite:
On tips from B1bbet, Oiao, and Heck.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:26 PM
And now, an educational interlude featuring noted physicist, materials scientist, and structural engineer Rosie O'Donnell, who still says that it was George W. Bush who blew up the World Trade Center, not put-upon Muslim terrorists:
Those interested in pursuing an education in the physical sciences will be delighted to know that Rosie plans to return to daytime TV in the fall of 2011, when Oprah's show finally goes away.
Via Big Hollywood, on a tip from Edward.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:25 PM
Do you still question whether Obama and the Democrats in power are socialists? Do you still doubt that they (at best) are dissatisfied with our Constitution? Do you find their "spread the wealth around" comments are mere wordplay? Then watch this 10-minute video.
On a red-ain't-dead-yet tip from CommieBlaster.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 5:18 PM
This is what happens when government runs things: fraud and abuse. Not necessarily by the government, but certainly by crafty criminals who take advantage of the average American's dopey-bordering-on-self-destructive trust of anything that appears to wear the "We're from D.C." label.
Take, for instance, the census. Scams aplenty are out there, and even *gasp!* elected officials are falling for them.
Harrisburg has opened a Census Help Office at City Hall. Mayor Linda Thompson said it is important to get the right information because she has already been the victim of a census scam.
Thompson said that she received and filled out a census form a few weeks ago. She did not realize it was a fake form until her legitimate census form arrived last week.
"You know, I was just eager to be a leader in the city that fills it out and didn't think that the census had said they don't ask for Social Security numbers and they even asked for my address and where I worked and my job title. So, there you have it -- buyer beware," said Thompson.
Harrisburg voter beware, more like. Of course, what better Gub'mint-run operation rife with fraud opportunities is that reckless behemoth ObamaCare?
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says she is warning state officials about scam artists hawking phony health insurance policies. Hustlers are apparently going door-to-door claiming there is a limited open-enrollment period to buy insurance now. Sebelius also says some people have set up 1-800 numbers to sell fake coverage.
We were assured by the Democrats that ObamaCare would not give new advantages to criminals intent on stealing our fortunes and our very identities. But, just like with the 2010 Census, there seems to be even more opportunity for fraud the more government intrudes in our lives. This is because too many of us become passive and willing to accept such intrusions. That's what we've come to expect from Big Brother.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 2:17 PM
Arianna Huffington came onto MSDNC's Morning Joe and immediately dropped into the left-wing's brand of snide character assassination that is her website's primary operating mode. Too bad for her Joe Scarborough, Rudy Giuliani, and Mort Zuckerman were having none of it.
The last-time an effeminate left-winger with a funny accent got an ass-whipping like that was when Andrew Sullivan popped into a Provincetown S&M bar.
Newsbusters points out more Huffington Post hypocrisy. Republican candidate's twenty-year old politically incorrect college thesis: Crime of the Century. Democrat candidate's felony conviction for soliciting sex from a 13 year old boy: No big deal.
Cheese Louise, I just read more about this Democrat Russo guy the HuffPo loves so much. What an effing loser!
By the spring of 2001, Russo was back home, living with his parents, spending most of his time on the computer, "looking for work in one browser window, for sex in five others, completely unaware of the irony of sneaking around for sex from my parents' house at age 34 just as I had at age 15.
No wonder this guy went on to become an Obama campaign operative.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:11 PM
The trusty race card isn't just for blacks anymore. Greeks can use it too. Given their history, it's especially effective on Germans:
Just because attacking the nation that is critical to making sure your bailout package is instituted is always a good idea (together with the US and the IMF of course), the Greek Prime Minister has accused Germans of being "prejudiced and racist" in their treatment of Greeks. Apparently demanding fiscal prudence (or lamenting the lack thereof) is now equivalent to stereotyping based on the color of one's skin or something. Spanish newspaper El Pais reports that Theodoros Pangalos, who previously demanded reparations from the Germans for WW2 acts, in an interview with the Portuguese Journal of Business, claims German citizens still see Greeks as lazy, and that Germans are resorting to "racially motivated" reasons to avoid providing a bigger helping hand to Greeks. El Pais quotes Pangalos as saying: "Greeks have problems. But why? Because they did not work hard. And why did they not work hard? Because they have a lovely climate, music and wine, and are not as serious as the Germans."
Hear that, you Huns? Bail out our failed socialist state or we'll call you racists again!
In contrast to Greece, Caucasians are a minority in another failing state, California. You can expect the racism charge to emerge there when the rest of the country balks at bailing out its catastrophic experiment in moonbattocracy.
On a tip from Anonymous Countermoonbat.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:07 PM
We don't live in a socialist dictatorship just yet. If we did, Obama's friends at the SEIU wouldn't have to resort to this lame campaign to silence Glenn Beck:
The liberal capacity for hypocrisy is truly boundless. You would think it was patriots who beat up SEIU thugs and not the other way around.
When Beck is no longer on the air, then we'll know we're in trouble. So long as communists fear patriots, there is still hope.
On a tip from Conan.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:03 AM
It's not what you do, it's the way that you do it. Greater Phoenix's Sheriff Joe is so cool, he can even go green without making you nauseous.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is implementing a new inmate program at Tent City Jail called "Pedal Vision."
The program uses inmate-powered cycles to generate electricity for televisions.
Reports say Arpaio's recent visit to Tent City inspired the idea, when he saw that many of the inmates were overweight.
The stationary bikes are customized so that as an inmate pedals, a connected television is powered once the cycle generates 12 volts of electricity.
One hour of pedaling equals one hour of television viewing for the inmates, according to Arpaio.
Arpaio said the inmates will only be able to watch television in the television room if they choose to pedal.
Think of all the polar bears he's saving with this Sped Begley-style power generation, while simultaneously combating the alleged obesity epidemic that the Bitter Half has adopted as her cause. Maybe the leftist federal leviathan will be so appreciative, it will stop trying to prevent him from doing his job.
On tips from Scott and Lunaticcringeradio.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:25 AM
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 10:08 AM
right-wing ignorant teabagger Harvard economist warns that the current "recovery" is an illusion, and that the US is more likely than not to enter a period of prolonged economic stagnation.
Japan provides a glimpse of what may lie ahead for the U.S. Although Japan once enjoyed famously high savings, the rate fell as asset prices climbed during the country's great stock and real estate booms. After the collapse in 1990, the savings rate rose for about a year before resuming its downward trend. Japan entered the Lost Decade and has since drifted in and out of recession.
Frankly, I don't see how people who think corporate profits are evil can ever be expected to lift a country out of recession.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 9:55 AM
A significant decision was just handed down from the courts supporting freedom of the Internet and thwarting liberal statists in the Obama Administration and their desire to control information flow and political discourse on the web.
The Federal Communications Commission does not have the legal authority to slap Net neutrality regulations on Internet providers, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.
A three-judge panel in Washington, D.C. unanimously tossed out the FCC's August 2008 cease and desist order against Comcast, which had taken measures to slow BitTorrent transfers and had voluntarily ended them earlier that year.
The case is a little obscure but it amounts to the FCC trying to tell Comcast and other Internet providers how they must manage their network, and the courts saying "sorry." The immediate result is a slap at Obama's designs on forcing "fairness" into the Internet, rather than just letting the market determine the message -- where liberal-progressive ideas perennially fail on talk radio and cable news.
Tuesday's decision could doom one of the signature initiatives of current FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, a Democrat. Last October, Genachowski announced plans to begin drafting a formal set of Net neutrality rules -- even though Congress has not given the agency permission to begin. (Verizon Communications CEO Ivan Seidenberg, for instance, has said that new regulations would stifle innovative technologies like telemedicine.)
Even though liberal advocacy groups had urged the FCC to take action against Comcast, the agency's vote to proceed was a narrow 3-2, with the dissenting commissioners predicting at the time that it would not hold up in court. FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell, a Republican, said at the time that the FCC's ruling was unlawful and the lack of legal authority "is sure to doom this order on appeal."
This story is far from over.
The ruling also is likely to shift the debate to whether Congress will choose to explicitly grant the FCC the authority to regulate companies' network management practices, and revive lobbying coalitions that have been defunct for the last few years.
Given the penchant for the Obama Administration and the Democrat-run Congress to ram freedom-restricting legislation up the collective rectum of America, you had best keep your hat on and your gas tank filled.
Hat tip: Drudge.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:40 AM
The last place I lived before stratospheric taxes and other manifestations of liberalism drove me out of the Northeast was White Plains, New York. Good thing I don't live there now:
If adopted, the proposed 2010-11 White Plains municipal budget would result in the highest city tax increase in at least 20 years.
City Finance Commissioner Michael Genito unveiled a 18.9 percent tax increase tonight, blaming severely eroded revenues during the recession and less-than-optimal budget practices by the past administration.
Oh, it's the previous administration's fault. Seems like I've heard that somewhere before.
Where will a 19% tax hike with a staggering economy lead? To Detroit.
Unfortunately it will be harder to escape when Democrats inevitably start inflicting this on a national scale to finance their never-ending spending spree.
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:53 AM
The mulatto mendacities Barack Hussein Obama and Tiger Woods are parallel phenomena, hyped to the point of absurdity by the same politically correct ruling class for the same race-based reasons. You almost have to wonder how many of the scarcely sentient TV-gawkers the mainstream media leads around by the nose with its propaganda voted for Obama after confusing him with Tiger.
By now, anyone previously duped into believing Obama to be the kind of guy who would wish this country well is starting to catch on, just as Woods has been revealed as a phony — and not just regarding his clean cut image.
Tiger Woods' former kindergarten teacher disputed a story today that he once told about an incident where he was tied to a tree and spray painted with the N-word by older kids.
In a 2005 book written by Charles Barkley, Woods said he was taunted at a young age by schoolmates because he was bi-racial.
The teacher, Maureen Decker, said the story is a complete lie and that she's been unfairly maligned.
Tiger tells a harrowing tale of America's injustice:
"I became aware of my racial identity on my first day of school, on my first day of kindergarten. A group of sixth graders tied me to a tree, spray-painted the word 'n-----' on me, and threw rocks at me. That was my first day of school. And the teacher really didn't do much of anything," according to the book.
My, how awful. Do even liberals believe this stuff?
Meanwhile, back in reality…
The retired teacher also said there was no way older students could ever enter the area where the kindergarten kids played. …
In addition, the former principal of the Cerritos Elementary School, in Cypress, Calif., where Tiger attended, said he has no knowledge of the incident.
A parent, Linda DaViega, who was always around the school at that time period, also said she has never heard of such an incident happening.
Decker wants a retraction and an apology. She'll have to get in line. By now we all do.
At least Woods is only giving golf a black eye. It's not like he's methodically destroying the greatest country in the history of the world.
On a tip from Incitatus.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:45 AM
Chairman Zero donned a Chicago White Sox cap before throwing out the first baseball at the Washington Nationals game... a girlish pitch that went about 25 feet over the catcher's head and went far to the left... and professed himself a lifelong Sox fan.
When asked by a reporter to name his favorite White Sox player, PBO drew a complete blank.
Dibble: "Having played with the White Sox for a short time, I know how the Cubs fans and White Sox fans go back and forth. Who was one of your favorite White Sox players growing up?"
Obama: "You know uh ..... I ... I thought that ... uh .... you know ... the truth is a lot of the Cubs I like too! But, uh ... I did not become a Sox fan until I moved to Chicago. Because I uh .... I was growing up in Hawaii so I ended up actually being an Oakland A's fan."
So, his professed love of the White Sox turns out to be phony lip service... just like his professed respect for the free market system.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:56 AM
Given the secrecy enshrouding Comrade Obama's background, we can look forward to a steady stream of revelations as the cesspool that produced him is gradually uncovered. Even when details come to light, they become common knowledge only gradually due to the mainstream media's willful malpractice. By now many know that Obama's surrogate father was Frank Marshall Davis, an avowed communist dedicated to the violent overthrow of the American government. But how many know that Davis was also an admitted child rapist?
In addition to scribbling doggerel praising the dictatorship of the proletariat, Davis was the author of the pornographic novel Sex Rebel: Black. Apparently Davis went by the maxim, write what you know.
"I could not then truthfully deny that this book, which came out in 1968 as a Greenleaf Classic, was mine." In the introduction to Sex Rebel, Mr Davis (writing as Greene) explains that although he has "changed names and identities… all incidents I have described have been taken from actual experiences".
He stated that "under certain circumstances I am bisexual" and that he was "a voyeur and an exhibitionist" who was "occasionally mildly interested in sado-masochism", adding: "I have often wished I had two penises to enjoy simultaneously the double — but different — sensations of oral and genital copulation."
The book, which closely tracks Mr Davis's life in Chicago and Hawaii and the fact that his first wife was black and his second white, describes in lurid detail a series of shockingly sordid sexual encounters, often involving group sex.
One chapter concerns the seduction by Mr Davis and his first wife of a 13-year-old girl called Anne. Mr Davis wrote that it was the girl who had suggested he had sex with her. "I'm not one to go in for Lolitas. Usually I'd rather not bed a babe under 20.
"But there are exceptions. I didn't want to disappoint the trusting child. At her still-impressionistic age, a rejection might be traumatic, could even cripple her sexually for life."
He then described how he and his wife would have sex with the girl. "Anne came up many times the next several weeks, her aunt thinking she was in good hands. Actually she was.
"She obtained a course in practical sex from experienced and considerate practitioners rather than from ignorant insensitive neophytes… I think we did her a favour, although the pleasure was mutual."
On other occasions, Mr Davis would cruise in Hawaii parks looking for couples or female tourists to have sex with. He derived sexual gratification from bondage, simulated rape and being flogged and urinated on.
What a charming milieu our liberal elite chose the president from.
On a tip from Edward. Hat tip: Confederate Yankee.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:49 AM
Frank Gaffney — who ran US nuclear policy under Ronald Reagan — summarizes the Obama policy on nuclear weapons.
Most Americans will be horrified that President Obama is compromising our deterrent to chemical and biological attacks on this country. Our allies will also be troubled by his aspiration to eliminate U.S. tactical nuclear weapons in Europe. Foes and friends alike will be bemused by his assertion that such steps will, as the Times paraphrased it, "create incentives for countries to give up any nuclear ambitions." In fact, none — not one — of the other nuclear states or the obvious wannabes has evinced any interest in abandoning such "ambitions."
I believe that the most alarming aspect of the Obama denuclearization program, however, is its explicit renunciation of new U.S. nuclear weapons — an outcome that required the president to overrule his own defense secretary. Even if there were no new START treaty, no further movement on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, and no new wooly-headed declaratory policies, the mere fact that the United States will fail to reverse the steady obsolescence of its deterrent — and the atrophying of the skilled workforce needed to sustain it — will ineluctably achieve what is transparently President Obama's ultimate goal: a world without American nuclear weapons.
Our national security is now in the hands of Marxists and hippies who believe the USSR should have won the Cold War. Also from now on, our ability to use nuclear weapons will be subject to getting permission from the United Nations. Under the Obama doctrine, the US "will pledge to refrain from using nuclear weapons to attack any country in compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) -- even if that country has attacked the US with chemical or biological weapons."
As William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection observes:
Who will decide whether a country is "in compliance" with the NPT? Normally investigation and fact finding is done by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which acts under the auspices of the U.N.
Newsweek, naturally, is pleased at the president's effort to disarm the United States in a dangerous world.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 5:15 AM
Once upon a Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual-Transexual lecture, the First Klingon revealed some history about President Obama and his heritage.
The meaty bit starts at ~0:13. After the Freudian slip, I'm not convinced that the rest of the video is worth stomaching.
On a native-born American tip from nancz.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:07 AM
In contrast to the thousands of Tea Party activists who showed up in Searchlight a week ago, Harry Reid kicked off his re-election campaign to a crowd of about 100.
Harry Reid also claims that people who don't think the Dramacrats have done a "terrific" job passing Obamacare are "rare exceptions."
Recent polls in Nevada show at least 62% of voters are "rare exceptions."
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:56 AM
According to the Telegraph, the more educated a woman is, the more likely she is to have a drinking problem.
"The more educated women are, the more likely they are to drink alcohol on most days and to report having problems due to their drinking patterns."
I take issue with their headline, though. "Cleverest women are the heaviest drinkers" The headline conflates education with intelligence, when education is more reflective of social privilege.
I can rebut the idea that drunk women are smart women with two words:
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 3:44 AM
New Hampshire Dramacrat Reps Carol Shea-Porter and Paul Hodes returned to New Hampshire over the Congressional Easter Recess, expecting rose petals and laurels for their votes on ObamaCare. Instead, residents of the "Live Free or Die State" were not so excited about the gifts Santa Claus was promising them.
One woman turned away when Hodes offered his outstretched hand for an introduction. "I don't want to shake your hand. You voted for health care, so just go," snapped Carmen Guimond, as she refocused on her lunch of roast beef and mashed potatoes and waved him on.
At back-to-back town hall meetings in Bedford and Merrimack, Shea-Porter faced consistent boos, heckles and catcalls after almost every point she rattled off in defense of her vote.
"Heckles and catcalls!" Oh, the appalling violence of the Tea Party right! How dare the people not bow and scrape before their Progressive Betters!
The Dramacrats are hoping everyone forgets about ObamaCare by November. They may be right. By then, we may be even more pissed off about Cap'n Trade, Amnesty, and ... oh yeah... the mind-boggling Obamunist deficit. (But we'll still be pretty pissed about ObamaCare.)
Hat Tip: Another Black Conservative.
April 5, 2010
Posted by The MaryHunter at 8:22 PM
Soon, we won't have the Governator to spoil our memory of why we so loved Arnold Schwarzenegger in the first place.
Besides this top 10 list, Aahnold fans can watch this 10-minute video for160 more quotes and clips. If he had only stuck to dem movies...
On an inspired tip from TrickleUpPolitics.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:23 PM
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:18 PM
Funny how being in power has changed socialist apparatchik Maxine Waters's view of political dissent:
Via Breitbart.tv, on a tip from Milton.
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:10 PM
Can we stop pretending that there's any question whether modern Democrats are socialists?
You can't have liberty and socialism in the same country. Either the wealth we create with our time and our effort belongs to us, or it belongs to the bureaucratic insects scuttling around in the District of Criminals. USA or USSA — the choice is ours.
On a tip from American Citizen.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:02 PM
Cut them some slack. It can't be easy meeting the unwritten requirement that blacks be overrepresented in advertising by at least 500%.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 12:39 PM
National Post writer Johnathon Kay sat in on an "Anti-Racism" workshop taught in Toronto. From this experience, he has insight into the mindset of the people who are currently running our government, educating our kids, and enforcing their standards of political correctness on our words and deeds. (Even though these particular hippies are Canadian, Moonbattery is a disease that respects no borders.)
The central theme of the course was that this twinned combination of capitalism and racism has produced a cult of "white privilege," which permeates every aspect of our lives. "Canada is a white supremacist country, so I assume that I'm racist," one of the students said matter-of-factly during our first session. "It's not about not being racist. Because I know I am. It's about becoming less racist." At this, another student told the class: "I hate when people tell me they're colour-blind. That is the most overt kind of racism. When people say 'I don't see your race,' I know that's wrong. To ignore race is to be more racist than to acknowledge race. I call it neo-racism."
By the way, there's a reason our progressive trolls are so offended that we demand actual proof the Tea Parties are racist. It's because, to politically correct mindthought, the accusation of racism *is* the proof of racism.
I was guilty of "democratic racism" -- by which we apply ostensibly race-neutral principles such as "due process," constantly demanding clear "evidence" of wrongdoing, rather than confronting prima facie instances of racism head-on. "It seems we're always looking for more proof," said the instructor, an energetic left-wing activist who's been teaching this course for several years. "When it comes to racism, you have to trust your gut."
Hat Tip: Sondra K
I also heard one student say she rejected the term "gender-neutral" as sexist, and instead preferred "gender-fluid." One did not "have" a gender or sexual orientation; the operative word is "perform" -- as in, "Sally performs her queerness in a very femme way."
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 11:55 AM
Bad news for the crowd pushing the "The Tea Parties are a bunch of angry, uneducated, old white guys" narrative that the Maddowite-left comforts itself with like Linus's security blanket. According to a Gallup poll, the Tea Parties look like America. Certainly much more so than the staff at MSDNC does.
Also, 48% of Americans think the Tea Parties represent their political views more than Obama/the MSM. Only 44% feel the opposite way.
Perhaps now you understand the Dramacrats' desperate need to paint the Tea Party movement as a violent, racist fringe.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:06 AM
When it comes to outlandish gestures of mindless moonbattery, who could possibly top electing as president an unqualified ultra-left community organizer who has spent his life surrounded by communists, mainly on the grounds that his father was from Kenya? The answer is Colette Armand.
Like many young women in love, Colette Armand believes she was hit by a coup de foudre when she first saw her future husband. 'The attraction was instant,' she says. 'We had an immediate connection.'
Photographs testify to the strength of their bond, showing a beaming young couple clearly delighted by each other's company.
That, however, is where the conventional nature of their romance ends. For Colette's intended is a Masai warrior whose home is a mud hut on the vast African plains.
Meitkini's tribe have no possessions and no running water, and their food is either plucked from the ground or killed with a spear.
Nonetheless, after a courtship of three years, Colette, 24, is preparing to abandon all the comforts of her western lifestyle to join her life permanently with his.
Colette says she has no regrets about trading her upper middle class lifestyle for the hand-to-mouth existence of a savage:
"I have no problem with giving up my western ways. When I'm [in Kenya] I feel so alive and free. Living with the tribe has taught me to live in the present."
Next time you see a drunk passed out in the gutter, don't pity him. He's living in the present, alive and free.
On a tip from Incitatus.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:30 AM
You have to give Hopey Change this much — it's provided us with a bumper crop of bumper stickers:
At least when archeologists dig these out of America's ruins, they'll know that not all of us drank the Kool-Aid.
Compliments of DaddyOD.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:49 AM
Like our Community Organizer in Chief, there is no way RNC Chairman Michael Steele would hold his current position if not for his race, which makes it all the more galling when he pulls out the race card to defend his ineptitude — as well as Comrade Obama's:
Embattled Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said he won't resign despite calls for him to step down amid reports of the group's excessive spending, adding that he and other African-American leaders such as President Obama have a slimmer margin of error because of their race.
This isn't his first offense.
During a recent interview with Washingtonian Magazine, which took place before the sex-club controversy, Steele said, "I don't see stories about internal operations of the DNC that I see about this operation. Why? Is it because Michael Steele is the chairman, or is it because a black man is chairman?"
Conservativism is about liberty, not race. If we allow liberals to make everything skin deep, they win, we lose — because only corrupt authoritarians will use coercion and expropriation to benefit some races at the expense of others. If being a racist is bad, then being color blind is good; that means you have to earn your position with what's inside your skin.
On a tip from JustAl.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:14 AM
With all due respect to our friend Spurwing Plover, this Massachusetts moonbattery is over the top:
A pair of federally protected piping plovers has built its nest near Ryder Way, the dirt road that connects the Plymouth Beach parking lot with the rest of Long Beach. Once eggs in the nest hatch, the town will ban recreational vehicles beyond the lot reserved for day parking. …
Residents who have homes farther out on the beach will still be allowed to travel through the area, but only at certain times of the day and with an escort. …
The decision has angered some residents who feel the birds are being used to limit access to the beach.
Who does this country belong to, us or birds? The answer seems to be: neither, it belongs to the moonbat bureaucracy, which will always side with the Other. Since most of us aren't birds, it will side with birds, just as it sides with delta smelts against farmers, non-Caucasians against Caucasians, homosexuals against normal people, illegal aliens against lawful citizens, Muslims against non-Muslims, et cetera, ad nauseam.
Maybe residents could get Big Government to compromise by flushing a ton of our money down a special tunnels for the birds, like it's already done for turtles.
On a tip from Auntie Sam.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 9:10 AM
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:52 AM
The Easter propaganda blitzkrieg the liberal media has been waging against the Catholic Church went into hyperdrive when AP started fantasizing about arresting the Pope:
Protests are growing against Pope Benedict XVI's planned trip to Britain, where some lawyers question whether the Vatican's implicit statehood status should shield the pope from prosecution over sex crimes by pedophile priests.
The Vatican did not sign the accord that established the international kangaroo court, but that doesn't matter any more than the lack of evidence of Benedict's wrongdoing. There shall be no gods before moonbattery; therefore, the Pope is a thought criminal and belongs behind bars.
Your next mission, George Moonbat, should you choose to accept it: arrest the Pontiff.
On a tip from Mega.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:12 AM
Imagine my shock and surprise when, on last night's episode, Glenn Quagmire reiterated my criticisms almost point-by-point, except for the part about Brian hiding his racism and homophobia behind political correctness.
Tell me this diatribe doesn't apply to, well, most every Rachel Maddow fan, too.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:32 AM
The purpose of the enumerated rights in the Constitution is not to keep us safe, but to keep us free — which is far more important to those who deserve to call themselves Americans. However, the Second Amendment does both. With these two graphs, I could rest my case against nanny state totalitarians who would have us believe that the right to bear arms is too dangerous:
Via American Thinker, on a tip from Wagtube.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 5:59 AM
It's nice to see a liberal black columnist and commentator actually get something quasi right about the Tea Party movement: that it is not necessarily racist.
Putting a racial lens on the tea party activists may [...] help Democrats by painting congressional Republicans into a corner as debate begins on immigration reform. Hispanic voters are going to be looking at Republicans and their tea party supporters for evidence of racism in any effort to block reform.
But Democrats cannot win elections without capturing the votes of independent-minded swing voters. And that is where writing off the tea party as a bunch of racist kooks becomes self-destructive. The tea party outrage over health-care reform, deficit spending and entitlements run amok is no fringe concern. And it is insulting to all voters to suggest that criticism of President Obama, even by people who want to throw him out of office, is motivated by racism.
Up to this point, about the only thing that Juan Williams has gotten right is his criticism of black society's self-destructive nature, as evidenced through many of its failed choices for leaders (Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Maxine Waters) and role models (Mike Tyson, gangsta rappers). And, some of his statements of "fact" about the Tea Party movement are a little misguided in this column, especially about the racial epithets at the DC rally. (Maybe he's out for Andrew Breitbart's reward.)
Of course, this column also came only a few days after Williams' inane comment on The O'Reilly Factor that the Gadsden flag somehow connects those who display it with Timothy McVeigh, so his credulity is pretty much at an all-time low. Still, there's something to be said for a black liberal columnist finally reporting some modicum of truth about the Tea Party movement's anger NOT being fueled by racism.
Let's just hope that the Democrats continue to ignore Mr. Williams' advice. They should deny and denigrate and disrespect the movement, firing up the flames of racism and hatred. The mainstream independent electorate would benefit from seeing more of the Dems as the truly moronic racists they are.
Hat tip: Big Government.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:10 AM
Every four years, Dramacrat politicians like to show up at church for a photo op. Harry Reid planned something similar, going to a Nevada Stake meeting of the LDS church to speak at a "Why I Believe" fireside. He canceled when word came down that a few protesters might show up to picket peacefully outside... activity which is now labeled violent and dangerous behavior by the Drama Queen Left. (But when people throw things and scream obscenities at Ann Coulter or Karl Rove, it's considered "Free Speech.")
Harry Reid does not uphold the values of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He supports the use of taxpayer dollars to butcher unborn babies, which is kind of a big deal to Mormons. He does not oppose redefining marriage to include same-sex couples. He supports financial irresponsibility and the reckless accumulation of debt; which is something the LDS Church strongly counsels against. His prideful arrogance is an affront to the humility followers of Jesus Christ are supposed to emulate. And most importantly, he supports the spreading of hatred and sowing divisions among people, ("contention") which is among the gravest sins within the LDS Church.
For verily, verily I say unto you, he that hath the spirit of contention is not of me, but is of the devil, who is the father of contention, and he stirreth up the hearts of men to contend with anger, one with another. -- 3 Nephi 11:29
Reid's attacks on president Bush, the dishonesty with which he has pushed his party's hard-left secular agenda, and his smears against opponents of the agenda tell me he sold his soul a long time ago. Reid is not a good example of what the LDS Church stands for, and his talk was obviously intended to burnish his image in the teeth of what looks to be --- despite a massive war chest funded by out-of-state donors and the Hollywood left --- a difficult campaign environment.
If Harry Reid wants to prove he really believes in Church teachings, he should prove it in his political life. He should reach out to Republicans and Tea Partiers in a Christ-like way instead of demonizing them. He should incorporate church teachings on charity, financial responsibility, and the sanctity of human life into the agenda of his party instead of fighting against them.
This would be a much more meaningful demonstration of faith than just showing up at a church to give a talk in an election year.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:54 AM
I didn't think this was any big deal, but I've seen the same story in every blog I read (except the Obama Amen Corner, of course)... so maybe it's kind of a big deal. Anyway, it turns out that the idea that the Tea Party is some monolithic Republican organization is just a myth. According to a detailed poll, 4 out of 10 Tea Party participants are Democrats or Independents.
"The national breakdown of the Tea Party composition is 57 percent Republican, 28 percent Independent and 13 percent Democratic, according to three national polls by the Winston Group, a Republican-leaning firm that conducted the surveys on behalf of an education advocacy group. Two-thirds of the group call themselves conservative, 26 are moderate and 8 percent say they are liberal."
One thing to factor in here is the large number of conservatives who quit the party during the Bush years of Big Government "Conservatism" and became independents.
And in what will be a shock to the Obama Groupies who want to claim that the Tea Parties are all about racism and birtherism... the poll shows that Tea Party supporters ... as I have always said... primarily motivated by economic concerns.
"The group is united around two issues - the economy/jobs and reducing the deficit. They believe that cutting spending is the key to job creation and favor tax cuts as the best way to stimulate the economy."
But, of course, this doesn't fit in with the narrative that those who oppose the Obamacrat spending program are violent racists. And progressives routinely discard datapoints that do not reaffirm their prejudices. This is why Rachel Maddow is so popular, she never exposes her progressive kindergartners to anything that might upset their fragile worldview.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:47 AM
Good Morning Right-Wing Patriots, Good Morning Lefties Who Enjoy It When Rachel Maddow Talks Down to You,
As Chairman Zero continues his post-health care National Gloat Tour, Ed Driscoll remarks on something nearly unprecedented in American history, a president whom the press corps --- outside of FoxNews, of course --- refuses to criticize, and indeed, is utterly an waveringly sycophantic toward.
Obama and Nixon share a couple of similarities: like Nixon, domestically, Obama is governing in the statist mid-20th century "liberal" command and control economic mold of LBJ and FDR. But its in how both men were treated by the media that comparisons get interesting. As Victory Lasky wrote extensively in It Didn't Start With Watergate, by the time he took office in January of 1969, virtually the entire Washington press core was gunning for Nixon. Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean that the Washington Post isn't out to get you.
Meanwhile, Obama's worldview was warped in almost precisely the opposite way. Having been described early on by the legacy media as literally the second coming of Lincoln, FDR, and JFK (though not Woodrow Wilson, curiously enough), Obama, egged on by his sycophantic inner circle, seemed to internalize his own press clippings. The detached tone of the Is Barack Obama the Messiah? blog is curious -- it's hard to tell if they're for or against the idea -- but in its own weird way, its archives do a great job of documenting the feedback loop between the man and his most extreme sycophants.
By the time of Obama's camp classic 2008 nomination speech in which he promised "this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal," a smarter and less self-obsessed man would have said to his speechwriter, "What, are you nuts? I can't say stuff like that. People will laugh." And indeed, the media would have, if it were any other man.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:39 AM
The leftist progressives at the Huffington Post want you to know, that nutjob family that was busted by the FBI is part of the mainstream evangelical movement.
Implicit message: All Evangelicals are potential terrorists. Attend only Government-approved places of worship. Good boy, Frank Schaeffer. Janet Napolitano pats you on the head and gives you a biscuit.
Meanwhile, MSDNC, the network of Rachel Maddow, Keith Olbermann, and Chris Matthews lets Christians know how they really feel by using this graphic on the holiest of Christian holidays.
The man is part of an Easter procession in Spain, where his costume does not have the iconic gravity it does in the USA. Was the choice of this imagery, cropped the way it is, a deliberate message from MSDNC? Was it an inside joke from a left-wing graphic artist? Or an "innocent" mistake? IDK.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:18 AM
Stimulus-Loving Florida RINO Governor Charlie Crist -- down double digits in his primary race against Marco Rubio --- has given up on arguing in the arena of ideas and is now simply trying to smear his way past the finish line. He has asked the FBI to investigate the Florida Republican Party, in hopes of tarring Rubio, whom Crist has accused of abusing his Florida Republican Party Credit Card to get a back wax.
So, should I illustrate this with the ironic Gen-X "Connect 4" reference?
Or the hipster Ian Curtis reference.
That's you, Charlie. That's what this move makes it sound like you're singing.
April 4, 2010
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:00 PM
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:54 PM
Comrade Obama's packagers must have advised him to feign respect for their conception of the religious beliefs of the bitter clingers out in the Heartland. Why else would he be posing with the Easter Bunny?
Elsewhere in Washington…
Via Free Republic, on a tip from Oiao.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:32 PM
Judge Napolitano reveals that among the horrors hidden in ObamaCare is a 6,000-man domestic army:
In fairness, Comrade Obama did warn us even before his catastrophic election that, like other collectivist authoritarians, he likes the idea of domestic armies.
Who knows what other surprises will float to the surface of the thousands of pages of legislation the current regime has been ramming through Congress, mostly unread?
Special thanks to Nixxnutz for finding this video again after the original was taken down.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:18 AM
Posted by The MaryHunter at 9:40 AM
A typical hedonistic liberal secular-humanistic bumper sticker? Or, as suggested by our priest at Easter mass today, can this new-age statement, usually proscribed as a slap at the religious, actually be viewed as a call to living life to the fullest -- but for one and other, as God has asked of us? Especially in this bounteous nation, where our Founding Fathers recognized that all mankind is endowed by our Creator with the right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness?
Just a little thought to ponder as you spend today either celebrating our Lord's resurrection, or reminiscing on God's grace as celebrated through Passover, or simply reveling in the astounding creation that is this delicious Spring day.
Have a blessed Easter, everyone!
April 3, 2010
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:57 PM
Ace really does this story more justice than I could possible do, so let me give you the broad strokes, and then you can hippity-hop over to Ace's blog for the rest.
1. Moonbat mom won't give her kids candy for Easter.
2. Because Michelle Obama said candy is bad.
3. Dingbat MSM fluffer thinks we should follow her example.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:45 PM
From the Daily Mail on a tip from Ace.
The amount of sea ice covering the Arctic dramatically increased last month, reaching levels not seen at this time of year for nearly a decade.
But, of course, climate alarmists are quick to point out that even though this is exactly the opposite of what the Divine Climate Models predicted, in no way should be regarded as a sign that the Earth isn't about to turn into the desert planet Arakkis as predicted by the oracle Al Gore.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 2:47 PM
So, is Amnesty International really concerned about human rights, or is it just another left-wing front organization whose real purpose is to bash the United States?
"Amnesty International (AI) Secretary-General Claudio Cordone has come under fire for defending jihad when it occurs in "self-defence" - a position many other human rights advocates believe "would gravely undermine the future of the human rights movement."
Amnesty International is also aligning itself with a group called "Cageprisoners," which sounds like it would be a really cool DVD series, but is, in fact, an organization devoted to defending Islamist butchers like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other ACLU poster boys.
BTW, has Amnesty International done anything about the way Al Qaeda or the Taliban treat prisoners? No? Yeah, I didn't think so.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 2:07 PM
As you may have heard, '24' is not being renewed this season. After eight seasons, people were beginning to catch on that the big twist was always going to be that the terrorists were the innocent pawns of a cabal of white Republicans.
The blog In My Copious free time imagines a Ninth Season of '24'... this time on TNT. The network that shows almost constant reruns of Law and Order... a show in which, for past fifteen years, or so, the real villain has always turned out to be an affluent white male... even when the show opens with two young black lesbians machine-gunning nuns, the real villain will turn out to be a rich white guy.
It's pretty darned funny. Here's a sample in words and pictures.
NOT JON VOIGHT: Congress, the White House, and both political parties have betrayed this country. They've betrayed the American people. Spending money we don't have, and saddling our unborn grandchildren with the ever-increasing debt. Ramming through badly written, unread, and unwanted bills in the dead of night. Taking ownership of a major corporation while simultaneously regulating its competitors. Treating our allies like our enemies, and our enemies like new friends. Nationalizing the entire student loan -- Guys? Hey, I'm sorry, but I'm supposed to be the villain here, right?
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:23 PM
The nauseating rot known as moonbattery has seeped into every crevice of society. Being a project of Big Government, the Census is certainly no exception.
If I consider myself a leprechaun, can I put that down for race?
On a tip from Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:40 AM
In an impressive example of Big Government's efficiency, Homeland Security's top extraneous bureauweenie Janet "Crappy Nappy" Napolitano has already responded to last year's Christmas Day underwear bomber attack:
On a tip from Oiao.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:51 AM
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:23 AM
Isn't it kind of ironic that the political party that hangs Che Guevara posters in its campaign offices is whining about how their opposition is supposedly a violent political movement?
Posted by The MaryHunter at 6:25 AM
From Reagan, A Life in Letters:
I have long believed that there was a divine plan that placed this land here to be found by people of a special kind and that we have a rendezvous with destiny. Yes, there is a spirit moving in this land and a hunger in the people for a spiritual revival.
If the task I seek should be given me I would pray only that I could perform it in a way that would serve God.
[from Ronald Reagan to Dorothy D. Conaghan, Tonkawa, OK, 1976]
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:20 AM
Dramacrat Representative John Boccieri (D-OH) claims that confronting citizens critical of the wasteful, expensive, job-killing ObamaCare legislation is as scary as confronting bombs and terrorists in Iraq.
"Having flown missions in and out of Iraq and Afghanistan, I know what it's like to be in harm's way. But I never imagined serving in Congress could feel the same."
Yeah, those ridiculously overhyped non-violent letters from some fringe group are just as scary as the IED's and RPG's the insurgents (whom the Dramacrats wanted to win because it would spite the right, BTW) used in Iraq.
Can I just come out and say it? The Dramacrats whining about 'threats of violence' are complete bullshirt. They can't argue with people on the substance of the bill they passed, so they resort to smearing their opponents... as progressives always do.
BTW: Doug Ross has some evidence that the whole "Teabaggers shouted the N-word at a Black Congressman" was a coordinated media stunt from the get-go.
April 2, 2010
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:33 PM
Why does Ann Coulter get so much grief when, substantively, she doesn't say or write anything more outrageous than PJ O'Rourke or Dennis Miller? Is it because she's an attractive woman?
Part of the "trouble" with Ann Coulter is that she is female. There, I said it. P.J. O'Rourke has written equally "mean spirited" and even "racist" things; oddly enough, he doesn't attract the rabid craziness that defines Coulter haters. No one writes entire books condemning him, and his speeches don't spark riots.
Or, Check out the cover art for Ann's new book, Warrior: How I Will Slay All The Liberals Without Breaking a Nail, below the jump.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:47 PM
The alleged benefits of ObamaCare may not go into effect for years, but it's already fulfilling one of its central purposes by helping to keep unemployment high:
It isn't a coincidence that all major legislation on the agenda of our socialist rulers — ObamaCare, Tax & Charade, Amnesty — can be counted on to put more of us out of work; it is by design. Employed citizens are like armed citizens — they aren't helpless enough for Big Government's liking. FDR kept unemployment sky high for a decade with policies that served no other purpose, initiating minimum wage during a depression being only the most obvious. Karl Marx was evil and insane, but he had this much right:
History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.
Via Breitbart.tv, on a tip from Milton.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:34 PM
Richard Dawkins --- a man who's achieved wealth and fame by telling people who don't want to believe in God just what they want to hear --- seems to be kinda having second thoughts about what a lifetime of secularism and Christian-bashing has wrought on Europe, now that a far darker, more atavistic religion is coming to the fore.
Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion, said: "There are no Christians, as far as I know, blowing up buildings. I am not aware of any Christian suicide bombers. I am not aware of any major Christian denomination that believes the penalty for apostasy is death. I have mixed feelings about the decline of Christianity, in so far as Christianity might be a bulwark against something worse."
Gee, Dick, ya think?
It's one thing to reject the Bible as the Word of God, and another thing to reject the Bible as a time-proven repository of truths gained through thousands of years of Judeo-Christian experience. And one of those truths is, if you don't defend your own faith, someone who believes in something else is likely to come along and kick your ass.
And the thing about secular atheists is while they are willing to live for a hedonistic welfare state, they aren't willing to fight and die for one. This puts them at a grave disadvantage against those who will fight and die for what they believe.
Gross South Park Vid Below the Jump
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:57 PM
Just by posting this, I am engaging in what the left calls "vitriol," a word which now means "any criticism of His Serene Majesty Barack Obama or his policies."
By popular demand, here's President Numbnuts walking into a window he thought was a door.
And here the addlepated lackwit is whacking his head on a helicopter, which I am sure made a pumpkin-like noise.
You guys just have too much vitriol toward our president.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 2:21 PM
The TIME 100 Poll has locked and loaded Andrew Breitbart for a bit of a vote. The poll went online yesterday and already Breitbart has an average 87 out of 100 in the obtuse characteristic of "Least/Most Influential " (whatever the nads that means). He currently has a #21-out-of-200 ranking (just behind Sarah Palin), suffering from rather few votes.
Time to have some fun, Patriots. Breitbart deserves some "influence." The somewhat less intriguing tidbit about this wankish poll is that it also includes the likes of Lady Gaga, Adam Lambert, and Conan O'Brien at or near the top. Chairman Zero only comes in at #14.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:34 PM
If you catch a bunch of punks raping your daughter, whatever you do, don't strike one of them. You're likely to be punished more severely than the rapists:
The father of a teenage sex assault victim in New South Wales who punched one of his daughter's attackers has been given a longer good behaviour bond than two of her alleged rapists.
Alleged rapists? They have the crime on video.
The Daily Telegraph reports that under a controversial plea deal that reduced the charges from rape to aggravated indecent assault, two young country footballers were given 18-month bonds for their part in the horrifying attack of the then 15-year-old girl.
They walked free from court. Two other accused are awaiting sentencing.
The odds of them receiving sensible punishment range between slim and none.
The victim recalls the incident:
"I couldn't move," she said of the horrifying sexual assault by four teenage boys… "When I started crying, (one of the attackers) said, 'What are you crying for, you sook?', or, 'Why are you crying, you sook?'"
Remarkably, her father is on a two-year bond for common assault after punching one of the accused.
Imagine if he acted appropriately, by tearing them limb from limb, in the knowledge that no one else was likely to mete out justice.
Liberalism is a criminal ideology, based on coercion and theft. Since liberals control the courts, no one should be surprised that criminals are favored over decent citizens.
On a tip from Adam W.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 11:55 AM
Polls, schmolls, I know I know. However, Politics Daily offers an interesting way to look at Dear Leader's current approval numbers, by state. The map shows electoral college votes superimposed with color coding of how the state went -- McCain or Obama -- in the last election.
The PD page has the actual detailed approval/disapproval numbers for each state. In brief:
- Public Policy Polling took particular note of Obama's sagging approval rating in Ohio and said that if his stock doesn't rebound, it could hurt Democratic chances in the state's Senate race.
- Rasmussen Reports always breaks down its job approval numbers to show how many "strongly" or "somewhat" approve or disapprove of Obama. In the states polled by Rasmussen where Obama is in negative territory, he often is deep in negative territory because those who "strongly" disapprove range from 40 percent to 50 percent. Sometimes, the "strongly" disapprove nearly matches or does match the percentage of those who approve. The same is true in those states where a majority disapprove of the health care reform plan he advocated.
- Obama's ratings have been declining steadily even in the Democratic stronghold of California, though he remains solidly in positive territory. His approval rating in the latest poll cited here is the lowest in the state since he took office.
Despite the national polling trends, many states that went for Obama strongly still are giving him at or above 50% approval ratings, including California, Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts and New York. Michigan and Florida are on the edge and Ohio now disapproves by a narrow margin.
A fired up national electorate who increasingly wants Obama thwarted in his socialist tracks is but one aspect of the battle for regaining GOP control of Congress. Republicans had better not simply rest on those negative nationwide Obama trends, but need to exploit them when able in state-by-state and district-by-district contests, offering a real, tangible alternative if they are elected to Congress. Simply shouting "Stop Obama!" will work many places, but not everywhere. But, with all the liberal zombies still out there, mindlessly responding to their nanobots, we already knew this.
Hat tip: iOwnTheWorld.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:26 AM
The producers of MSNBC's Countdown may have finally stumbled upon a way to pull the show's ratings out of their tailspin: fire the repugnant talking cockroach Keith Olbermann.
[Monday] was Keith Olbermann's official return to MSNBC after being away for more than a month. And with the March ratings period now complete (it ended Sunday), Olbermann's substitute host, Lawrence O'Donnell, helped give "Countdown" its best month of the quarter, but still down — 21% — compared to March '09.
O'Donnell is awful, but better than Olbie. The story ran under this hilarious headline:
Despite Olbermann Being Out, March is Best Month for 'Countdown' This Quarter
Despite? How about this headline:
Despite Olbermann Being a Deranged Moonbat, No One Watches His Obnoxious Program
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:47 AM
You have to give Democrats this much — they are no more wasteful with our money than they are with their own. Similarly, slippery RINO David Frum doesn't just stab conservatives in the back; he has also knifed the moonbats he usually enables by reporting on the DNC's wasteful expenditures:
Late last year, Democrats partied it up at D.C.'s 'Josephine', when they dropped $5,850. The nightclub comes complete with two stripper poles and, according to one reviewer, a "skimpily clothed go-go dancer to feast your eyes on."
In just the first two months of this year, the DNC spent half a million dollars on catering, parties, lodging and limos. This includes a staggering $278,478.12 on Hilton hotels; $143,286 on catering from Susan Gage Caterers and Avalon Caterers; $36,956 on lodging at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C.; an $11,154 event at the Kennedy Center; and about $1,500 in limo services.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spent $14,098 on car service last year. Meanwhile, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spent $48,270.25 on charter flights and limousines. Democrats even spent $36,874.39 to bring in Austrian celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck three times last year.
Put perhaps the most questionable expense was the DNC's use of the trappings of the White House for partisan purposes: $232,436.81 spent on White House helicopters and White House In-flight Services since August of last year. The DNC's White House helicopter expenditures have been unexamined until now because, unlike the RNC, the DNC files some of their travel expenses under a different Federal Elections Commission ID than their other expenses.
What about Michael Steele, some might ask. But Republicans will eventually get rid of the hapless Steele, special skin color notwithstanding. With Democrats, reckless extravagance with the money entrusted to them is a defining feature.
On a tip from Conan.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:29 AM
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:04 AM
Will ObamaCare destroy the medical profession, driving the capable away from the field and leaving us with a handful of foreign-trained Third-World immigrants given to car-bombing airports, as socialized medicine has done to Britain? Or will the State be turned back? At least some are showing signs of resistance:
"I'm not turning anybody away — that would be unethical," Dr. Jack Cassell, 56, a Mount Dora [Florida] urologist and a registered Republican opposed to the health plan, told the Orlando Sentinel on Thursday. "But if they read the sign and turn the other way, so be it."
But of course, even if Cassell did refuse to see Obamunists, our liberal lawyer rulers could just override his wishes and force him to do whatever they demand:
Cassell may be walking a thin line between his right to free speech and his professional obligation, said William Allen, professor of bioethics, law and medical professionalism at the University of Florida's College of Medicine.
Allen said doctors cannot refuse patients on the basis of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or disability, but political preference is not one of the legally protected categories specified in civil-rights law. By insisting he does not quiz his patients about their politics and has not turned away patients based on their vote, the doctor is "trying to hold onto the nub of his ethical obligation," Allen said.
"But this is pushing the limit," he said.
That is, physicians are advised not to get uppity.
The next challenge for our rulers is how to force the intelligent and industrious to become doctors in the first place, after the profession has been reduced to slave status.
Cassell's patients are reportedly "overwhelmingly supportive" of his position. But ObamaCare isn't about doctors or patients. It's about bureaucratic rodents grinding their loafers into our faces.
The story comes with a poll. Check out the results:
On tips from Wiggins and Henry.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:49 AM
But now the Empire of Moonbats has struck back with the Coffee Party. Here's one that was so well attended, a DUmmie was too proud not to share pictures with the world. Look at the surging crowds we're up against, bristling with energy, eyes gleaming with purpose and intelligence:
As many as 14 people attended this uprising, or as CNN might estimate, "probably under 3 million."
On a tip from Karin.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:49 AM
First, here's dingbat socialist Maxine "The Welfare Queen" Waters expressing how appalled she was that Tea Party patriots were "waving the American Flag," which she finds "outrageous."
This same dingbat played down the Rodney King riots as "understandable, if not acceptable."
And check out this lefty freak-out description of tea partiers.
The organizers of this nationwide day of protest call it a tea party. This tea party movement that emerged only a year ago is a coalition of conservatives, anti-semites, fascists, libertarians, racists, constitutionalists, militia men, gun freaks, homophobes, ron paul supporters, alex jones conspiracy types and american flag wavers.
To supporters of Barack Obama, being an "American Flag Waver" is now a pejorative. Says a lot, duzzenit?
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:14 AM
While Obama made flying visits across the country to tout the new legislation, a number of key Democrats, who led the charge for healthcare reform, seemed to keep a low profile and are doing little to beat the drum.
Cowardly Dramacrats are also canceling town hall meetings with constituents, or failing to schedule any face time with constituents to begin with.
Like the way your dog goes into hiding when he pees on the carpet. Except these dogs are pissing away our health care system and adding trillions in new spending and debt.
BTW, Good Morning Patriots, Good Morning Socialists,
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:11 AM
Those new Draconian fuel standards imposed by the EPA are a death sentence for thousands of Americans.
According to a 2003 NHTSA study, when a vehicle is reduced by 100 pounds the estimated fatality rate increases as much as 5.63 percent for light cars weighing less than 2,950 pounds, 4.70 percent for heavier cars weighing over 2,950 pounds and 3.06 percent for light trucks. Between model years 1996 and 1999, these rates translated into additional traffic fatalities of 13,608 for light cars, 10,884 for heavier cars and 14,705 for light trucks.12
Lefties care more about imaginary polar bears than people.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:04 AM
He's a family man and a Catholic, and he's always made it clear that he won't do sex scenes. And ABC knew that. "It has cost him jobs, but the man is sticking to his principles," a source explained to me. You can't help but admire McDonough for sticking to his beliefs, even if he's poised to lose as much as $1 million in paydays for Scoundrels
This has got to be baffling to progressives for whom sex is a meaningless recreational activity.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 4:44 AM
Here's what's really going on. The (New York) Times has teamed up with Jeffrey Anderson, a radical lawyer who has made millions suing the Church (and greasing professional victims' groups like SNAP), so they can weaken its moral authority. Why? Because of issues like abortion, gay marriage and women's ordination. That's what's really driving them mad, and that's why they are on the hunt. Those who doubt this to be true need to ask why the debt-ridden Times does not spend the same resources looking for dirt in other institutions that occurred a half-century ago.
Sounds about right. After all, statistically, children are much more likely to be sexually abused by public school employees than by Roman Catholic clergy, but does the Waste of Times indict the public school system, or the Teacher's Unions that defend abusive teachers? No, of course not. The political correctness and Democrat Party loyalty of the Teacher's Unions protect them from media scrutiny like a Romulan Cloaking device.
April 1, 2010
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 6:10 PM
Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) is just about as clueless and arrogant as they come. I wonder if he suffers from hepatitis C.
A bit worse than "macaca" I think.
Posted by The MaryHunter at 3:20 PM
If you stare at both images for long enough and merge them, you will get...
Borgelosi. (updated w/a nod to Hail The Amberlamps!)
Courtesy of The People's Cube.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:34 PM
Posted by The MaryHunter at 12:00 PM
While you struggle to keep your financial house in order, while you work paycheck to paycheck and try to curtail spending as your income flattens or even dips in these troubled times, President Obama and his Democrat collaborators are spending free and loose with tax dollars that your grandchildren haven't even payed yet.
President Obama's fiscal 2011 budget will generate nearly $10 trillion in cumulative budget deficits over the next 10 years, $1.2 trillion more than the administration projected, and raise the federal debt to 90 percent of the nation's economic output by 2020, the Congressional Budget Office reported Thursday.
In its 2011 budget, which the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released Feb. 1, the administration projected a 10-year deficit total of $8.53 trillion. After looking it over, CBO said in its final analysis, released Thursday, that the president's budget would generate a combined $9.75 trillion in deficits over the next decade.
The upshot of this is very un-good, and that's no April Fool's joke.
The federal public debt, which was $6.3 trillion ($56,000 per household) when Mr. Obama entered office amid an economic crisis, totals $8.2 trillion ($72,000 per household) today, and it's headed toward $20.3 trillion (more than $170,000 per household) in 2020, according to CBO's deficit estimates.
That figure would equal 90 percent of the estimated gross domestic product in 2020, up from 40 percent at the end of fiscal 2008. By comparison, America's debt-to-GDP ratio peaked at 109 percent at the end of World War II, while the ratio for economically troubled Greece hit 115 percent last year.
Were this a Republican administration, the Democrats would be apoplectic and the MSM would be calling for their heads. When the Democrats are in power and it suits their statist goals to crater our economy through reckless spending, then mum's the word.
Hat tip: Gateway Pundit.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:25 AM
Hopey Change means America is heading straight down the road of race-based leftist politics. Where does that road lead? South Africa:
Death has stalked South Africa's white farmers for years. The number murdered since the end of apartheid in 1994 has passed 3,000.
Not even Zimbabwe is as bad as the paragon of political correctness, post-Apartheid South Africa — land of moonbat saints Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu.
In neighbouring Zimbabwe, a campaign of intimidation that began in 2000 has driven more than 4,000 commercial farmers off their land, but has left fewer than two dozen dead.
The vulnerability felt by South Africa's 40,000 remaining white farmers intensified earlier this month when Julius Malema, head of the African National Congress's (ANC's) youth league, opened a public rally by singing Dubula Ibhunu, or Shoot the Boer, an apartheid-era anthem…
Across South Africa many farmers feel endangered. In Northern Province a tribute has been created beneath an enormous sign with the stark Afrikaans word "plaasmoorde" — farm killings. Thousands of white wooden crosses have been planted across a mountainside, one for each fallen farmer.
Recently the government's department of rural development has been airing proposals to nationalise productive farmland as a "national asset".
The "national asset" rhetoric means that as the forces of ethnic righteousness kill or drive away all the whites, the government will "spread the wealth around" by redistributing their farms — except they won't be farms anymore, just fields of weeds, like in Zimbabwe, the erstwhile Breadbasket of Africa, where starvation is now common.
A similar phenomenon has reduced the once thriving city of Detroit to scarcely inhabited ruins. Our encroaching future shouldn't take anyone by surprise; it's a path we've chosen.
On a tip from Infidel Joe.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:27 AM
Some say that Barack Hussein Obama's only qualifications are his skin color, a Muslim name that specifically recalls two prominent enemies of America, and hard-left political views that he usually knows enough to gloss over when the wrong people are listening — all of which endear him to the liberal elite ruling class that installed him in power. But "community organizer" — i.e., Marxist rabble-rouser — isn't the only job title on his resume. He also taught law at the University of Chicago.
Obama's past is shrouded in secrecy, but we do have some hearsay about his law-teaching days, via Doug Ross:
I spent some time with the highest tenured faculty member at Chicago Law a few months back, and he did not have many nice things to say about "Barry." Obama applied for a position as an adjunct and wasn't even considered. A few weeks later the law school got a phone call from the Board of Trustees telling them to find him an office, put him on the payroll, and give him a class to teach. The Board told him he didn't have to be a member of the faculty, but they needed to give him a temporary position. He was never a professor and was hardly an adjunct.
The other professors hated him because he was lazy, unqualified, never attended any of the faculty meetings, and it was clear that the position was nothing more than a political stepping stool. According to my professor friend, he had the lowest intellectual capacity in the building. He also doubted whether he was legitimately an editor on the Harvard Law Review, because if he was, he would be the first and only editor of an Ivy League law review to never be published while in school (publication is or was a requirement).
Apparently the Harvard Law Review position was an Affirmative Action appointment awarded to him to give liberals an opportunity to congratulate themselves, much like the position he holds now.
Not only was Hopey McChange never a law professor, at this point he isn't even a lawyer, having surrendered his license to practice law possibly to escape trouble over false information on his bar application. His Bitter Half isn't a lawyer anymore either. They're in good company, by liberal standards; Bill Clinton was forced to give up his law license too. It's nice to see the profession is maintaining some standards.
We may never know how the Manchurian Moonbat got bumped up the ladder to the top rung so fast, but it's becoming increasingly obvious that it wasn't on the strength of legitimate qualifications.
On a tip from Edward. Hat tip: Gateway Pundit.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 9:19 AM
Lefties routinely sneer at the idea that their progressive comrades would infiltrate the Tea Parties in order to spread misinformation and engage in actions to discredit the Tea Party movement.
The tools will claim this only refers to counter-protests. I disagree. The use of the verb "crash" is an open invitation to infiltrate tea parties. And of course, we know the motto of the Alinskyite left: "By any means necessary."
crash : verb to gain admittance to a party, performance, etc., without an invitation, ticket, or permission.
Also, this (from the Jawa Report)
Organize counter-protests against the tea party demonstrations, same time, same place. This is probably the best option. We need to get in the streets on April 15th and show the tea party movement that there are lots of people out there who oppose their agenda.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 8:48 AM
The really scary part is... the first half of this video is a pretty accurate portrayal of how Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow and the rest of the Amen Corner really feel.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:20 AM
The beauty of capitalism is that it gives everyone an incentive to provide others with the goods and services they need. Socialism offers incentives too — but like everything on the left, they are depraved. From Airstrip One, which has already taken the plunge into the English version of ObamaCare:
Patients' groups expressed horror at the "sick experiment" in which NHS [National Health Service] managers have agreed to pay £38 for every casualty that ambulance staff "keep out of Accident and Emergency" (A&E) departments after a 999 [their version of 911] call has been made.
That is, Big Government pays people NOT to provide the "free" services taxpayers are bled white to finance.
[S]taff at Britain's largest ambulance service have been encouraged to maximise the organisation's income, by securing payments for diverting patients to telephone helplines. … Another plan uncovered would see thousands of 999 calls currently classed as urgent downgraded so that callers receive telephone advice instead of an ambulance response. …
Last week, an investigation was launched at the ambulance trust piloting the scheme following the death on Thursday of a man whose case was referred for telephone advice when an ambulance should have been immediately dispatched.
You don't like the service the State provides, what are you going to do — drive down the road to the next government? You are forced to pay for the service whether you receive it or not, so the government's only incentive is to give you as little as possible. This is why bureaucrats have been furtively scheming to cut £billions from healthcare.
Tens of thousands of NHS workers would be sacked, hospital units closed and patients denied treatments under secret plans for £20 billion of health cuts.
The sick would be urged to stay at home and email doctors rather than visit surgeries, while procedures such as hip replacements could be scrapped.
Somehow I doubt taxpayers will be getting their money back — not when the State needs every penny to pay legions of useless bureauweenies:
The workforce of bureaucrats in the NHS is growing six times as quickly as the number of nurses, according to official figures.
Big Government isn't there to provide you with healthcare. It's a jobs program for parasitical petty tyrants.
On tips from Anonymous Countermoonbat.
Posted by Gregory of Yardale at 5:18 AM
Everybody who isn't a racist kook loves our president, Barack Obama, and recognizes just how lucky America is to have a man of such wisdom and temperament ruling our country at this tempestuous time in our history.
But, for formerly conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks, there is an even more intimate and special connection to our president. In a recent column, Brooks revealed that, just a few weeks prior to meeting the future president in 2008, he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, and would probably not be alive today, were it not for President Obama.
As I sat across from Obama on the couch, thinking what a very good president he was destined to be, his serene features took on an air of concern. "Is there something wrong, David?" He asked.
I was shocked --- and pleasantly surprised --- that he would use my first name. It was as though he had communed with my very soul. I felt I could tell him anything, because it was as though he already knew me.
When I told him about my tumor, he became very calm. "Do you believe in me, David?" he asked.
I assured him that I was sure he would make a very good president.
He chuckled then --- a very human thing to do, I thought --- and then laid his hands on my head.
"David," he said, "I want you to relax, imagine your body filling with light. Picture your body as clean and perfect as the crease in my pants." I felt... something... a tingling sensation, a feeling of warmth and light that spread throughout my body like comprehensive national health care. When he took his hands away, we wrapped up the interview as though nothing had happened.
When I returned to my oncologist a few days later, he found no traces of the tumor.
Brooks adds that anyone with the slightest doubt about the truth of his story is probably a racist and potentially violent teabagger, like all critics of our super duper president.
By the way, you might want to check the date on this post. I thought it would be fun to imitate the Obama Amen Corner, just for a day. Now, I feel weird; it's as though when I write gushing, empty-headed praise to Barack Obama I feel there are absolutely no consequences to any actions I take, yet somehow I'm morally superior to everyone else! And everyone who disagrees with me can be smugly dismissed and ridiculed.
A curious sensation.